McKyer Receives Association of Former Students Distinguished Award

Dr. McKyer wins an award

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: April 27, 2014

Dr. E. Lisako J. McKyer, associate professor in health education, is the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award in Graduate Mentoring from The Association of Former Students. This award is one of the highest university honors that can be bestowed upon a faculty or staff member.

According to her students, Dr. McKyer’s philosophy for graduate student training and mentoring is anchored by a strong belief that graduate students are to be treated as “junior colleagues-in-training.”

They say that her “enthusiasm” and “passion” for her chosen field of health promotion, child health and health inequities is evident in her teaching style, her passion to collaborate and her drive to involve her students in research opportunities. As a result, during her time at Texas A&M, she has mentored a diverse group of more than 50 graduate students, involving them in her research and scholarly publications and presentations, often listen them as first authors.

A current student wrote, “Her enthusiasm and passion is exhibited in all she does, she has the biggest of hearts, always has a smile on her face and is always ready to chip in a good word…She is infectious in a good way.”

Another student wrote, “I leave an exchange with Dr. McKyer fired up about my research, my teaching and the many things going on under her umbrella of influence. Her enthusiasm is contagious to say the least.”

Since 1955, The Association of Former Students has recognized outstanding members of Texas A&M's faculty and staff for their commitment, performance and positive impact on Aggie students, Texans and the world around them. The annual awards recognize achievement in teaching, research, individual student relationships, continuing education/extension, graduate mentoring, staff, and administration.