Erin Enguero, a graduating senior majoring in Kinesiology, will bring in not one, not two, but three prestigious awards this year: Dean’s Scholar, Outstanding Graduating Senior, and the American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar for 2016.
Erin has earned a 3.65 or higher grade point average at San José State University in at least two contiguous semesters that qualified her as a Dean’s Scholar. In addition to her academic excellence, Erin’s outstanding service to the university and community allowed her to receive the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award which is only given to two graduating seniors.
Erin will be recognized during the 2016 Honors Convocation in April for the Dean’s Scholar Award and will be presented the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award during the 2016 Graduation Commencement in May.
The American Kinesiology Association (AKA) selected Erin as the AKA Undergraduate Scholar for 2016 in its seventh year of presenting the award. According to AKA, the award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. This award is intended to recognize and promote academic excellence, to further the professional competence and dedication of academically accomplished students and to promote kinesiology and its related fields.
The College of Applied Sciences and Arts Kinesiology Department is part of the 140 kinesiology departments housed in colleges and universities nationwide for AKA. Only a select number of students receive this award.
The Department Chair of Kinesiology Matt Masucci said that the faculty and staff are proud of Erin’s accomplishments and pleased to see that all her hard work and effort has paid off.
“Erin has been an exemplary Kinesiology student in every way. She is intelligent, enthusiastic, energetic, and the consummate ambassador for the department and SJSU.”
Kinesiology professor Emily Wughalter said that she has rarely observed a student with such meaningful and extraordinary contributions to the Kinesiology Department and to the University overall as Erin.
“Ms. Enguero exhibits deep levels of learning about movement and science and she is enormously capable of synthesizing her academic knowledge with her own experience,” said Professor Wughalter when giving an example of how Erin maintained an overall GPA over 3.65 in a competitive major program with many high achieving students.
Erin has also been recognized in the past with many scholarships including the California State University Trustee Award for overcoming a life obstacle and continuing to excel in school. She has engaged in internships, observation hours, and volunteer experiences that involved many physical therapy settings. She is currently working as a student assistant to Professor Wughalter to complete the installation of equipment and collection of data for research in motor learning. Beginning fall 2016, she will attend the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Fresno State University.
Congratulations on receiving multiple prestigious awards, Erin!