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Three Kinesiology Grads Earn National Honors

Andrew Parks, Catherine Gammon, Ashley Triplett

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, 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.

Gammon, who will also receive a Certificate in Epidemiology, when she graduates in May, 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.

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.

– excerpted from the College of Education 

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