Two School of Kinesiology Students Receive Honors at LSU Discover Day 2020


BATON ROUGE -- The LSU School of Kinesiology is proud to announce two students from the Kinesiology program have been named LSU Discover Day 2020 winners. Abigail Caffey and Stephen Lopez, both 2020 graduates of the School of Kinesiology, received awards based on their research presentations.

Abigail Caffey completed her undergraduate research under Marc Dalecki, PhD, in his Motor Behavior and Cognition lab within the School of Kinesiology. For her presentation about cognitive deficits in college students with a concussion history from youth, Abigail won second place in the monetary prize category for the College of Human Sciences and Education and third place in the Top Three Poster Presenters for LSU Discover Day 2020. She has also been named to the Tiger 12 and received an LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher medal. Abigail will continue her research in Dr. Dalecki’s lab at LSU as a Master’s student in kinesiology, concentrating on motor behavior studies.

Stephen Lopez, also a graduating senior, was awarded third place in the monetary prize category for the College of Human Sciences and Education. Mentored by LSU biology professor Alyssa Johnson, PhD, Stephen’s research centers on how a human short sleep mutation offsets the negative effects of sleep deprivation, as well as offers novel methods of combating neurodegenerative disease. After graduation, Stephen plans on pursuing an MS in Biological Sciences from LSU and then an MD from the LSU School of Medicine.

LSU Discover Day is the annual culmination of the LSU Discover Undergraduate Research program. More than 100 students presented virtually in this year’s LSU Discover Day, with 80 dedicated faculty and staff judges, as well as 5 moderators to ensure the success of the event. This program supports student participation in faculty-mentored research and professional-level activities.

About LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK)

A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, the SOK advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers bachelor’s degrees in sport administration and kinesiology with a pre-athletic training, human movement or other related concentrations. SOK offers the state’s first accredited master’s in athletic training, a master’s in kinesiology, an online master’s in kinesiology (sport management) and a PhD in kinesiology. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings.

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About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)

Located on the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, the University Laboratory School and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE current enrollment includes approximately 1,800 undergraduates and more than 1,900 graduate students. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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