Kinesiology doctoral student receives national recognition from American Kinesiology Association

May 26, 2020

Kaitlin McGinnis LyonsKaitlin Lyons, who graduated from Auburn University with her Ph.D. in Kinesiology in May 2020, received the Honorable Mention honor for the 2020 American Kinesiology Association National Doctoral Student Award.

Lyons was selected as a finalist from all of the local AKA Doctoral Scholars nationwide for her distinguished academic and leadership record.

“I am very excited to have received this honor from the American Kinesiology Association,” Lyons said. “I believe that it is a reflection of all the opportunities and support that Auburn and the School of Kinesiology have provided to me over the past four years.”

At Auburn, Lyons conducted research under JoEllen Sefton and the Warrior Research Center.

“Kaitlin has been the heart of our lab,” Sefton said. “As my senior doctoral student, she serves as my laboratory manager and as a student mentor and role model for my other students. She has assisted on every project we’ve had going on in the Warrior Research Center over the past four years, from getting up a 1 a.m. to go collect blood draws from soldiers to exercising in the 130-degree heat chamber testing a protocol for our firefighters. She will be missed – but she will always be a part of our WRC family.”

Lyons will be completing her postdoc at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.