Three Kinesiology graduate students receive national honors

May 3, 2016

Three graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology recently received honors from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA) and from the department.

Andrew Parks, a Kinesiology doctoral student, was awarded with the AKA Student Writing Award. The award recognizes graduate students who have published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals while enrolled in kinesiology departments. Students who are nominated must also demonstrate an exceptional ability to conduct and disseminate research with the potential to make a significant impact on the field.

Parks’ paper, “The Association Between a History of Concussion and Variability in Behavioral and Neuroelectric Indices of Cognition,” was published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The research was conducted in collaboration with scholars from the MSU Department of Kinesiology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan.

Catherine Gammon with Professor Deb Feltz at the annual Kinesiology Awards Luncheon.

Catherine Gammon with Professor Deb Feltz at the annual Kinesiology Awards Luncheon, where Gammon received the departmental honor.

Catherine Gammon, a doctoral candidate concentrating on exercise physiology, and Ashley Triplett, a master’s student with a focus on exercise physiology, received similar awards. Through the AKA, Gammon and Triplett were recognized with the Doctoral Student Scholar Award and the Masters Student Scholar Award, respectively. They received the awards for their distinctive records of academic excellence, professional competence and dedication to the field.

Through the Department of Kinesiology, Gammon and Triplett were again recognized with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and the Outstanding Masters Student Award.

Gammon is scheduled to graduate in May and will also receive a Certificate in Epidemiology. During her time at MSU, she has been the author or co-author of 12 publications, taught approximately 1,000 students and provided teaching mentorship to 60 teaching assistants. She has also spent time researching racial variation in fitness, longitudinal scale validity on the Ratings of Perceived Exertion scale, family-function predictors of physical activity and cognitive function and physical activity in children.

Ashley Triplett receiving her departmental award from Professor Deb Feltz.

Ashley Triplett receiving her departmental award from Professor Deb Feltz.

Triplett, now in her second year as a master’s student, works in the Human Energy Research Lab (HERL) and serves with the Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization, in addition to teaching several undergraduate classes. She is also a graduate of MSU, receiving her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2013. Triplett utilizes heart rate monitoring and direct observation techniques to evaluate collegiate ice hockey practices and game intensity for her research.

Parks, Gammon and Triplett were honored at the annual Kinesiology Awards Luncheon on April 15, 2016 alongside several other graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from the MSU College of Education.