The ability to offer dynamic programs and provide financial assistance enables the Graduate School to attract stellar students doing meaningful work: students like Bridget Peters – a doctoral candidate in the School of Kinesiology whose research seeks to understand why just a few days of aerobic exercise per week decreases heart attack-damage. With almost one million heart attacks in the United States each year, Peters’ research has enormous implications on such a widespread public health issue. Peters chose Auburn after attending the College of Education’s Future Scholars Summer Research Bridge Program, a transition program that provides minority undergraduate students from other universities an intensive, six-week research experience in hopes that they will enroll in graduate education at Auburn.
“Throughout my graduate studies at Auburn, I have been blessed with the generous support of donors like Mr. Jim Spearman. Thanks to the Spearman Graduate Fellowship, I can immerse myself in this groundbreaking research without having to worry about how I’m going to pay for my academic expenses. Having met with Mr. Spearman many times, I know he genuinely cares about me and my graduate studies, and that means the world to me,” Peters said. Because of Mr. Spearman’s gift, Peters has been able to focus solely on her doctoral studies and her work in Auburn’s Cardioprotection Laboratory. “The financial contributions from Mr. Spearman and other donors are invaluable to graduate students like me. Thank you for all that you do for graduate students at Auburn University.”