Two School of Kinesiology students received scholarships from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation. Hillary Holmes was chosen for two scholarships – the NSCA Foundation Women’s Scholarship and Jerry Martin Scholarship – while Kyle Wasserberger is a recipient of the Challenge Scholarship.
The foundation awards scholarships to National Strength and Conditioning Association members who are seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in a strength and conditioning field.
Hillary is a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology and conducts research in the Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory. Her research integrates the mind and body by linking biomechanics to cognition, mental well-being, injury, and performance. She is also a volunteer coach for Auburn Track and Field, assisting with jump and multi-event athletes. Following graduation, she will continue a career in coaching and further collaborate on applied sport science projects that promote the holistic health of athletes.
“We are fortunate to have her as a part of our team, because she gives good insight into all populations that we work with, from the injured athlete to the older adults with Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Jaimie Roper, assistant professor and director of the Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory. “Her work is special because it can extend across the lifespan.”
Kyle is a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Kinesiology as well as a research assistant in the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory at Auburn University. His research focuses on sports biomechanics and the interplay between mechanics, performance, and injury. Following graduation, he will work as a biomechanist and sport scientist at Driveline Baseball, a data-driven sport performance and athlete training company based in Kent, Washington.
“Kyle has been an exceptional member of the Sports Medicine and Movement Lab as a quality researcher and student,” said Dr. Gretchen Oliver, professor and director of the Sports Medicine and Movement Laboratory. “Those of us who work with him daily know he has a strong future in the strength and conditioning industry, and this scholarship affirms that.”