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[ Graduate Students ]

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Robert Booker

Robert Booker
Graduate Teaching Assistant
reb573@msstate.edu

Robert Booker s a doctoral student in the exercise science program. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science and master’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Missouri State University. His research interest concentrates around physical activity epidemiology and metabolic syndrome.

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.

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.

Supreete Ghosh

Supreete Ghosh
Graduate Teaching Assistant
sg2023@msstate.edu

Supreete Ghosh is a master’s student in the disability studies program. She is originally from Bangladesh and completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College under University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She also did one-year residency from the same institution. While in her undergraduate level, in addition to regular education and training in medical science, she collected and analyzed public health related data and received valuable research exposure. Her research interest is physical activity in the people with disabilities. While earning her master’s degree at Mississippi State, she would like to become an expert in her field in order to promote physical activity for people with disabilities.

Matt Hickson

Matt Hickson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
mah1282@msstate.edu

Matt Hickson is a Ph.D. student in the sport studies program. Originally from England, he completed his bachelors and master’s degree in Sport Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. While at Liverpool, his research centered on athletes identity formation from both secular and Christian perspectives and the importance of various cardinal virtues in professional sports participation. After completing his Ph.D., Matt plans to pursue a career in academia.

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.

Hayes Salancy

Hayes Salancy
Graduate Teaching Assistant
hbs193@msstate.edu

Hayes Salancy is a master's student in the exercise physiology program. A yankee from Ligonier, Pennsylvania; went to school in the small college town of Waynesburg, namely Waynesburg University. It was there he received degrees in athletic training and exercise science while also playing on, and assisting the Yellow Jacket football team. Between football seasons, he spent time as a strength and conditioning intern. He has served both the Mississippi State and University of Texas at Austin football S&C programs. Research interests include subjects revolving around performance optimization via nootropics, nutrition, and recovery techniques. After graduating, he aspires to career goals in collegiate strength and conditioning. He is a certified Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Megan San Filippo

Megan San Filippo
Graduate Teaching Assistant
mks511@msstate.edu

Megan San Filippo is a master’s student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she completed her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at the University of South Alabama, and then commissioned into the United State Air Force. She served five years as a Security Forces Officer. She intends to pursue a career working with endurance athletes after completing her master’s.

Brandon Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd
Graduate Teaching Assistant
bds243@msstate.edu

Brandon Shepherd is a Doctoral student in the exercise physiology program. Originally from Brandon, Mississippi, he completed his B.S. in kinesiology and his M.S. in exercise physiology from Mississippi State University. Through this, Brandon has had the opportunity to consult with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute’s sweat testing program to test and educate athletes on hydration. His research interests include nutritional and training modification for performance.

Kelsey Slater

Kelsey Slater
Graduate Teaching Assistant
ks2907@msstate.edu

Kelsey Slater is a Ph.D. student in the sport studies program. Originally from Stroudsburg, PA, she completed a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and political science at Lafayette College while playing volleyball. She completed her master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in sport administration from Mississippi State University. While completing her master’s degree she served as a graduate teaching assistant in the communications department and also interned with USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs. Her research interests include sport communication, social media and sport for social development. After completing her Ph.D., she plans to pursue a career in research and academia.

Megan Smidebush

Megan Smidebush
Graduate Teaching Assistant
mms826@msstate.edu

Megan Smidebush is a first-year doctoral student in the exercise science program. She completed a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science from the University of Mississippi and a master’s of science degree at the University of Kentucky in kinesiology focusing in sport biomechanics. Megan is currently assisting within ongoing research conducted in the Neuromechanics Laboratory at Mississippi State. Her main academic and research efforts are focused primarily on biomechanics of the upper extremity and muscle activation of both the upper and lower extremity in athletic settings as well as occupational settings. Megan completed her master’s degree thesis on the kinematics and muscle activity in the upper and lower extremity for a fastball and curveball thrown from the wind-up and stretch position. Following completion of her Ph.D., Megan plans to pursue a career in human sport performance research at a research institution or for a Major League Baseball Organization.

Katie Spring

Katie Spring
Graduate Teaching Assistant
kew337@msstate.edu

Katie Spring is a second year 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, as well as the impact physical activity can have on the learning experience for children. 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 second-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 focus primarily on performance enhancement in athletic competitions and injury prevention in 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. Continuing his work with athletic performance enhancement, Ethan recently completed an internship with a professional baseball team within the sports performance science department. Following completion of his Ph.D., Ethan plans to pursue a career in human performance research while working for a professional sports team or teaching at a four-year university.

Clayton Whalen

Clayton Whalen
Graduate Teaching Assistant
cmw1048@msstate.edu

Clayton Whalen is a second-year master’s student in the sport administration program. Originally from Walkerton, Indiana, Clayton received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Ball State University. Before coming to MSU, Clayton worked as an elementary physical education teacher and high school wrestling coach in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has also worked for seven years now as a bike technician for the national nonprofit, iCan Shine-an organization that teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride conventional, two-wheel bicycles. After earning his master’s degree, Clayton plans on either continuing his education or seeking employment as an athletics director.

Lecturers

Yonjoong Ryuh

Yonjoong Ryuh
Lecturer
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.

Jim Watkins

Jim Watkins
Lecturer
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.