Kennedy, Doctoral Student, Awarded Phil Gramm Fellowship


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: April 09, 2015

Deanna Kennedy, doctoral student within the Department of Health and Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship.

“I am sincerely honored and grateful to receive the 2015 US Senator Phil Gramm Fellowship,” said Kennedy. “Not only is the award a reflection of my commitment to research, teaching, and mentorship, but also the support that I have received from my advisor and other faculty members, staff, and students. Knowing that my accomplishments are worthy of such merit motivates me to uphold and exemplify the qualities recognized by the Phil Gramm Fellowship.”

The esteemed Phil Gramm Fellowship was established to promote, encourage and reward outstanding teaching and research by doctoral students whose command of their respective disciplines exemplifies the meaning of a scholar in the highest sense. In order to be considered for the award, nominees should represent excellence in college-level teaching and research, have outstanding mentoring and pedagogical skills and have a reputation for ethical behavior in all aspects of scholarly life.

Kennedy’s dissertation research addresses theoretical questions related to motor synergies and bimanual coordination as well as more applied questions that have important implications for stroke rehabilitation and aging, and has been recognized for numerous awards. As a graduate student Deanna has been exceptionally productive with 13 published manuscripts and several more in the review process, over 30 national and international presentations, and she has secured a number of internal and external grants.

In addition, Deanna has taught several courses for the Physical Education Activity Program as well as an upper division undergraduate course in adapted kinesiology. Her teaching has received some of the highest evaluations in her department and she was recognized for her teaching excellence with Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence. Upon graduation, Deanna plans to continue her career in academia.