Kennesaw State exercise science professor wins mentor award

Katherine Ingram
Katherine Ingram

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 23, 2021) — The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected Kennesaw State University associate professor of exercise science Katherine Ingram as a 2021 CUR Faculty Mentor Awardee in Health Sciences.

“I’m truly humbled to receive this award, but the real reward is in helping students achieve their goals,” Ingram said. “Through their experiences in my laboratory and in my classroom, they’re bringing their energy and perspectives and moving the research forward. While I give of myself in teaching and research, it’s nowhere near what I get in return when I see these students succeed.”

Ingram has taught at Kennesaw State since 2012. She earned her B.S. in sport management from Tulane University, her M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and her Ph.D. in exercise physiology with a nutrition minor from Georgia State. She also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alabama-Birmingham before arriving at KSU.

Focusing on the impact of gestational obesity and inactivity on maternal metabolic health, Ingram has mentored 35 undergraduate researchers, fostering multi-mentor models, cross-disciplinary connections and participation in the entire research process that ranges from formulation of research questions and development of grant proposals to collection of data and communication of results.

Established in 2018, the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Mentor Awards honor exceptional mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdivisions of health sciences. Ingram joins associate professor Charles Parrott (2020) of the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies as KSU’s most recent Mentor Award recipient.

– Dave Shelles


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