Four Honored for Scholarship by AKA


The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) recently recognized four School of Kinesiology students for their academics and leadership.

Mélanie Beaulieu and Alexandra (Sasha) Voloshina were named AKA Doctoral Scholar and AKA Writing Scholar, respectively. Both doctoral students are expected to defend their dissertations in August.

Mélanie’s faculty mentor is Dr. James Ashton-Miller, director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, who holds a dual appointment in the School of Kinesiology. Mélanie is from Ottawa, Ontario.

Sasha, from Farmington Hills, MI, is mentored by Dr. Daniel Ferris, director of the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory and a member of the Rehabilitation Robotics Group.

Jessica Ford, MVS ’14 and Katherine (Katie) Poggensee, MVS ’14, were named 2014 American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar Award winners. Before graduating last month, Jessica assisted Dr. Deanna Gates in her Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory, while Katie spent time in both Dr. Ferris’s Human Neuromechanics Laboratory and Dr. Jeff Horowitz’s Substrate Metabolism Laboratory. These young women are from Ann Arbor, MI and Chicago, IL, respectively.

All AKA awards honor a select number of students, nominated by faculty mentors, who:

  1. possess academic and leadership records that are distinctive; and
  2. 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.

Last year Katie Zurales, MVS '13 was selected as an AKA National Undergraduate Scholar, while Jessica Deneweth, PhD '13 was recognized as an AKA National Graduate Scholar.

The AKA, an organization of over 130 Kinesiology departments housed in colleges and universities nationwide, promotes and enhances kinesiology as a unified field of study and works to advance its many applications. The School of Kinesiology is a charter member of the AKA.

Congratulations, Mélanie, Sasha, Jessica and Katie, for your outstanding achievements while studying at U-M Kinesiology!