Shaquitta Dent, a student in the Department of Kinesiology, has been selected as a recipient of the Adam W. Herbert Master’s Fellowship. The fellowship was created to support graduate study at Indiana University for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and is awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic excellence, high potential for success, and a commitment to the graduate study in the sciences.
A graduate of Stillman College, Dent came to IUPUI as part of the Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (IPREP) program to conduct research in kinesiology. She has gained hands-on experience in biomechanics and motor control under her mentor, Dr. Rafael Bahamonde, Interim Dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, who nominated her for the fellowship.
Dent has high aspirations after the completion of her fellowship and masters to further her future aspiration of becoming a scientist. “I am confident that IUPUI will equip me with the tools needed to become an expert in the field of kinesiology. I am so grateful to receive this multi-year award as recognition of my academic achievement and support from the University Graduate School and its partners – the Department of Kinesiology and PETM,” says Dent.
Impacted by a devastating injury her father suffered to his right leg, Dent has dedicated herself to research that will enhance the use of upper and lower extremity prosthetic devices, and hopes to obtain a PhD. She is confident that the Herbert Fellowship will be the next step in the right direction to achieve her goals, “I look forward to the journey ahead.”