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Get to Know Project Grow Student – Shaquitta Dent

Get to Know Project Grow Student – Shaquitta Dent

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” –Marianne Williamson


Institution: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Major: Masters of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics
Accomplishments: “I initially came to IUPUI as part of the Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (IPREP) to conduct research in kinesiology. I gained hands-on experience in biomechanics and motor control under the advisement of Dr. Rafael Bahamonde, Active Dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management. After completing my first research study that evaluated the Effects of Vibration Training on Proprioception and Spring-leg Stiffness I was sold on pursing my next degree at this institution. One major accomplishment is that I am a recipient of the Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to support graduate study at Indiana University for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Since attending IUPUI, I serve as a member of the Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization. Our goal is to create an open community of diversity and equity through academic support, collaborations, events, and networks. I also serve as a Graduate Emissary for student diversity.” -Shaquitta Dent

The Impact Project Grow Has Had on You: “Project Grow has been a very nurturing experience. Through the engagement of my fellow peers and mentors I have grown intellectually and professionally. Project Grow has given me a new found confidence. My field requires a lot of personal interactions and I am now able to approach certain situations with confidence. I no longer second guess myself. I am more assertive and grounded. The best advice that I’ve been given is to always analyze a situation with an open-mind and to not be afraid of failure. I desire to obtain a Ph.D. in the field of Human Movement Science or Rehabilitations in order to do research that will enhance the use of upper and lower extremity prosthetic devices. Being a member of Project Grow has pushed me to make a personal commitment to expand my research skills to discover new knowledge. Project Grow has given me the tools to implement change within my community.” -Shaquitta Dent

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