The profiles below of four of our graduate students show a sample of the engagement and achievement within our KIN community.
One of the most important parts of the Kinesiology department is our diverse student body – a wealth of experience, backgrounds, interests, and expertise, united by their shared passion for the study and practice of Kinesiology. Meet some of the recent graduates from our graduate program, award-winning scholars who embody the diversity and commitment of the Kinesiology student body.
M.S. in Exercise Physiology
Kelsey is UNCG’s American Kinesiology Association Master’s Scholar, one of the strongest students to have ever matriculated through the Department’s Exercise Physiology concentration. In addition to being an excellent student, Kelsey has served as an exercise leader and administrative assistant for the Department’s bariatric exercise program and has also been a key team member on a project investigating the effects of exercise on prostate cancer patients. Kelsey has accepted a Research Technologist position at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.
Ph.D. in Applied Neuromechanics
Jeff is UNCG’s American Kinesiology Association Doctoral Scholar. Jeff earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 3½ years while working full-time as a faculty member in the Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. While teaching and keeping an active research agenda at High Point, Jeff collaborated on a number of research projects in the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory. A research article co-authored by Jeff was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and received Honorable Mention in the American Kinesiology Association National Scholar Writing Awards.
Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Kym has been a consummate departmental citizen while at UNCG. In addition to teaching two different activity and two large-section lecture courses, Kym has served a vital role as graduate assistant in the Doctor of Education program. Kym helped develop exercise and goal-setting programming in a departmental exercise program for people recently having undergone weight-loss surgery. While at UNCG, in addition to earning her PhD in the Sport and Exercise Psychology concentration, Kym earned a doctoral minor in Educational Research Methodology, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, and a Health Coaching certificate from UNCG’s Department of Public Health Education. Kym is now on faculty at Appalachian State University.
M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Although Sarah received her undergraduate degree in History and came to UNCG with almost no background in Kinesiology, she has emerged as one of the strongest students in our department. In addition to excelling in her concentration of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sarah has taken a heavier-than-normal course load and a breadth of coursework outside of her concentration. She has served as a key research assistant on a large research project examining the effects of physical activity on cognitive and emotional development in children and adolescents and has also done her own research in this area. As a result, she has been accepted to a doctoral degree program at the University of Minnesota. Outside of academics, Sarah has volunteered locally in different programs aimed at providing recreational and learning opportunities for children. She is passionate in assuring that opportunities are provided for all youth, and brings a contagious enthusiasm to everything she does.