School of Kinesiology
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.”
Jim Spearman knows firsthand that investing in the Graduate School at Auburn pays immeasurable dividends. Spearman, a 1983 Auburn graduate, funds an annual fellowship to benefit graduate students in the School of Kinesiology. “The work of the Graduate School has a positive impact not just on Alabama, but on our nation. I am proud to be a donor knowing this fact and seeing how lives are affected by these types of fellowships,” he said.
“I continually see the impact graduate students are making in all areas of our lives, across many disciplines, and throughout each of the colleges,” he said. Spearman’s fellowship supports students like Bridget Peters. Peters said she keeps him updated on her research and work in Auburn’s Cardioprotection Laboratory. “It is fulfilling to know that my donations are helping someone like Bridget gain an Auburn education that could help open the doors to change the world,” Spearman said. “Fellowship dollars do make a difference, and they are truly an investment in our future.”