Kinesiology Students Receive AKA Awards

April 20, 2016


Three graduate students and one undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology were selected for awards in 2016 from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA).

Jacqueline “Megan” Irwin, a doctoral student in the Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Lab under Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D., was selected as an American Kinesiology Association Doctoral Scholar for 2016. The award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field.

Additionally, Kirk Grand, a doctoral student in the Performance and Exercise Psychophysiology Lab under Matt Miller, Ph.D., was awarded the American Kinesiology Association Graduate Student Writing Award for 2016.

“This is a very impressive accomplishment as a doctoral student,” said Dean Betty Lou Whitford.

The award honors a select number of graduate students who are the first author on a published article based on their research. These students have demonstrated an exceptional ability to conduct and disseminate research interest in the field of kinesiology that has the potential for making a significant impact on the field.

“I am just so grateful for the opportunity to teach and research at such an incredible school and university,” said Grand. “Teamwork makes the dream work!”

Moreover, Cory Dixon, a master’s student in Physical Education Teacher Education under Jared Russell, Ph.D., was selected as an American Kinesiology Association Masters Scholar for 2016. This award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Dixon.

In addition, Senior Emily Ebner, an undergraduate Exercise Science major, was selected as an American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar for 2016. The award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. These students have demonstrated an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology and possess personal qualities that lend themselves to assuming leadership positions, and have the potential for making a significant impact on the field.

This is the seventh year the AKA Doctoral Scholar Awards, Graduate Student Writing Awards, Masters Scholar Awards, and Undergraduate Scholar Awards have been presented. All the students were nominated by faculty. The award recipients will receive a certificate and will be listed in the AKA archive of awardees on the website, www.americankinesiology.org.

The AKA is an organization of over 140 kinesiology departments housed in colleges and universities nationwide. It promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and works to advance its many applications. Dr. Mary Rudisill, Director of the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University, became the AKA President in 2016.