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EXSS doctoral student wins two national awards

MPH alum and Exercise and Sport Science PhD student David Schary has received two national awards for his work in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Sport and Exercise Psychology Program.

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MPH alum and Exercise and Sport Science PhD student David Schary has received two national awards for his work in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Sport and Exercise Psychology Program.

David is the 2014 recipient of the Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America – formerly the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The award is given on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership, community service and character.

The award will be granted at the national convention in St. Louis, Mo., in April during the Professional Excellence Award Ceremony.

“This is a major national recognition and I am very proud of him,” says EXSS Professor Brad Cardinal, David’s PhD advisor.

In January, David also received the 2014 Joanna Davenport Poster Presentation Prize for Doctoral Students at the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education‘s annual conference in San Diego, Calif. David’s presentation was titled, “Uncovering the pattern of interdisciplinary research in kinesiology.” This work stems from one of his original dissertation papers.

The presentation ceremony honoring David occurred at a special reception following the Delphine Hanna Lecture at the conference, and the award was accompanied by a monetary prize and free membership in NAKHE for one year.

David’s trip was partially funded by a Graduate Student Travel Award from the OSU Graduate School.

“David’s work reflects well on the program, school, college and university, particularly given the magnitude and high visibility associated with these awards,” Brad says. “David is a very special doctoral student with a very bright future.”

David holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, a master’s degree from Smith College and an MPH from Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He is on track to complete his PhD in Spring 2014, with a dissertation defense date scheduled for February.