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[ Graduate Students ]

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Justin Martin

Justin Martin
Graduate Teaching Assistant
jm3750@msstate.edu

Justin Martin is a master's student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Jackson, MS, he completed a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology at Mississippi State University, where he graduated cum laude. While obtaining his bachelor's degree, Justin worked as a lead fitness instructor at the Joe Frank Sanderson Center and also as an inpatient physical therapy student aide at OCH Medical Center. His research interests include the relationship between sleep and physical activity as well as wearable fitness technology.

Qun Fang

Qun Fang
Graduate Teaching Assistant
qf37@msstate.edu

Qun Fang is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from China, he completed a bachelor’s degree in finance from Shandong University in China and a master’s degree in sports and entertainment management from the University of South Carolina. While completing his master’s degree at the University of South Carolina, Qun assisted faculty in the comprehensive school-based physical activity promotion. He is currently conducting research in the area related to physical activity intervention. After completing his Ph.D., Qun plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

Katie Wood

Katie Wood
Graduate Teaching Assistant
kew337@msstate.edu

Katie Wood is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. A native of Starkville, MS, she completed an Associate of Arts degree at Holmes Community College, while playing tennis. Katie then transferred to Mississippi State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in clinical exercise physiology. While at MSU, Katie was very involved in research, and in 2015 was awarded the Undergraduate Researcher of the year for the College of Education. Her research interests center on the role physical activity plays in preventing disease. After completing her master’s degree, Katie plans to pursue a Ph.D. concentrating in physical activity epidemiology.

Ethan Stewart

Ethan Stewart
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ems664@msstate.edu

Ethan Stewart is a first-year doctoral student in the exercise science program. Originally from Carrollton, KY he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky in kinesiology focusing in biomechanics. Ethan is currently assisting within ongoing research conducted in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State. His main scholastic and research efforts are focused primarily on biomechanics and lower extremity in athletic and occupational settings. Ethan completed his master’s degree thesis on the muscle activity in the lower extremity and start times for swing phases during baseball hitting. Following completion of his Ph.D., Ethan plans to pursue a career in human performance research while teaching at a four-year university.

DaeEun Kim

DaeEun Kim
Graduate Teaching Assistant
dk966@msstate.edu

DaeEun Kim is a Ph.D. Student in the sport studies program. Originally from South Korea, he completed a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in physical education from Keimyung University in South Korea and another master’s degree in sport administration from Arkansas State University. While in graduate school, he served as a graduate assistant and participated in various projects as a researcher analyzing data. His research interest is relationship marketing and consumer behavior in sports industry. After completing his Ph.D., Kim plans to become a professor or professional researcher.

Troy Allred

Troy Allred
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ata54@msstate.edu

Troy Allred is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brookhaven, MS, he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After his bachelor’s degree, Troy worked as a fitness instructor for employees at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. He is currently assisting Dr. Stamatis Agiovlasitis in the research of physical activity assessment in populations with Down Syndrome. After obtaining his master’s degree, Troy Plans to obtain a job as an exercise physiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation facility.

Steven Basham

Steven Basham
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sab480@msstate.edu

Steven Basham is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Nettleton, MS he completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University, where he received Deans List honors and was an active member of the Exercise Science Honor Society. While completing his degree, he won first place for his research at the College of Education Undergraduate Research Symposium. His research interests are health and wellness as it pertains to chronic diseases, along with sports performance. After completing his master’s degree, Steven plans to pursue a Ph.D. or begin a career in the Health and Fitness field.

Poram Choi

Poram Choi
Graduate Teaching Assistant
pc839@msstate.edu

Poram Choi is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. She is originally from the Republic of Korea and completed her bachelor’s degree in Special Physical Education from Yong-in University, Korea. She also studied therapeutic horse riding at Centenary College, NJ, and participated in several projects related to therapeutic horse riding in Korea. She earned her Master’s degree in sports coaching science from Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. She worked with the track and field team while at Chinese Culture University. Her research interest is physical activity in the people with disabilities and the elderly.  While earning her PhD at Mississippi State, she would like to become an expert in her research area in order to promote physical activity in people with disabilities and the elderly.


Leondre’ E. Queen

Leondre’ E. Queen
Graduate Teaching Assistant
leq5@msstate.edu

Leondre’ Queen is a master’s student in the Sport Administration program. Originally from Thibodaux, LA, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in Lafayette, he was a staff member on an FBS bowl-winning football program, a Kinesiology Professionals Association member, and a state chairman for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition, he has also participated in community service opportunities with the American Heart Association and Senior Olympics. For his academic and service contributions, he was recognized as the College of Education and University’s Outstanding Graduate for his Fall 2015 graduating class. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Queen plans to pursue an impactful career in collegiate athletics administration and coaching.

Ben Krings

Ben Krings
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bmk216@msstate.edu

Ben Krings is a Ph.D. candidate in the exercise science program. Originally from Prescott, WI, he completed a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a master's degree in human performance from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. During this time at UWL, Mr. Krings became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach, and interned at the Human Performance Lab at the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently entering his final year at MSU and is conducting his dissertation research on the importance of macronutrient timing on high-intensity exercise performance. Following graduation, Mr. Krings plans to become a professor or work in industry.

Yonjoong Ryuh

Yonjoong Ryuh
Graduate Teaching Assistant
yr98@msstate.edu

Yonjoong Ryuh is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he completed a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Seoul National University in South Korea and a master’s degree in adapted physical activity from Seoul National University as well. While in college, Ryuh competed as a varsity athlete in men’s soccer, as well as student of department of physical education. While in graduate school, he served as a graduate teaching assistant, a soccer team administrative assistant, and was a director of SNU FUN & KICK physical activity program for people with intellectual disability. He is currently conducting research in the area related to exercise for people with intellectual disability, especially down syndrome and autism, based on motor learning and neuroscience. After completing his Ph.D., Ryuh plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

Jeff Simpson

Brandon Shepherd
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bds243@msstate.edu

Brandon Shepherd is master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Mississippi State University. Stemming from his passion for powerlifting and bodybuilding, his research interest is performance sports nutrition for resistance training.

Saira Talwar

Saira Talwar
Graduate Teaching Assistant
st1527@msstate.edu

Saira Talwar is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Waukesha, WI, she completed a bachelor’s degree in biology with a certificate in gender & women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While at Madison, she researched in the Perinatal Department of Meriter Hospital. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she worked as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department of various hospitals in Milwaukee, WI. Her interest changed from treatment medicine to preventative care, and she will be working on research involving improvement of motor function in older individuals through exercise intervention. Following her graduate studies, she plans to either continue her education or pursue a career within her field.

Hunter Waldman

Hunter Waldman
Graduate Teaching Assistant
hsw78@msstate.edu

Hunter Waldman is a Ph.D. student in the exercise science program here at Mississippi State University. Originally from Dothan, AL, he completed both his bachelor's and master's degree at the University of North Alabama in fitness management and exercise science, respectively. While in college, Waldman was a linebacker for UNA and an active member with the Human Performance Research team. He also went on to obtain his strength and conditioning certification (CSCS) and spent a year working with a physiotherapist as well as starting his own nutrition seminars for high level athletes. His current research is centered around both micro and macro-nutrition interventions with regards to improving performance and health. He hopes to pursue a faculty position with a university after completion of his doctoral program and continue his research.

Lecturers

Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins
jw733@msstate.edu

Jim Watkins is a Ph.D. student in the sport studies program. Originally from Huntsville, AL, he completed a bachelor's degree in history from Mississippi State University and a master's degree in higher education with a concentration in sport management from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he tutored for the athletic department and interned with the Risk Management and Safety department. His research is centered around history and governance in college athletics. After completing his Ph.D., Watkins plans to become a professor.

Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson
jds1313@msstate.edu

Jeff Simpson is a second year doctoral student in the exercise science program. Originally from Houston, TX, he completed a bachelor's degree in exercise science from The University of Texas-Arlington. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he worked in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation for two years before pursuing a master's degree at the University of North Alabama in health and human performance. Jeff is currently assisting within ongoing research conducted in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State. His main scholastic and research efforts are focused primarily on biomechanics and lower extremity injury mechanics in athletic and occupational settings. This past Spring, Jeff received a grant from Ironwear Fitness to complete a study investigating the effects of long term exposure to weighted vests on balance, jump, landing and sprint performance and hopes to have his findings published in a peer-reviewed journal. Following completion of his Ph.D., Jeff plans to pursue a career in human performance and ergonomics research while teaching at a four-year university.