Kinesiology Student, Lauren Smith, Selected for Leadership and Diversity Program at Sports Medicine Conference
Senior Exercise Science major Lauren Smith was selected to participate in the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) Leadership and Diversity Training Program. The program is part of the organization’s annual conference held February 12-14 in Jacksonville, Fla. Smith was one of five awardees selected from several applicants to receive a stipend to attend the conference and mentorship.
The program pairs the student with a mentor to attend a breakfast, graduate program fair, and several lectures. The mentor introduces the mentee to other graduate students and professionals in the field, and also offers advice on graduate programs and careers.
Smith’s professor, Dr. John Quindry, encouraged her to apply, which required a statement on how she would contribute to ACSM and her career goals. Smith believes she will bring more than just racial diversity. She studied abroad in Italy and the Dominican Republic, and is involved in numerous committees and volunteer efforts. Smith has long-term goals of owning her own business and reducing preventable diseases and health issues.
“I am looking forward to figuring out what I want to do after I graduate.” Smith said. “I am planning to pursue graduate school in Kinesiology or Exercise Science. I would love to retire into a Biggest Loser type role.”
Her favorite show is The Biggest Loser and she loves helping people improve.
Smith is already on the road to improving others’ physical fitness, working weekly with members of the community to complete exercise programs she designs. She has learned to adapt an exercise program to individualized needs. This has also sparked her interest in diet and nutrition, corrective exercise, and performance enhancement.
Smith is a Charlotte, N.C. native and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Auburn University.