Valerie Adams, a Washington Township native, will graduate from SVSU with honors in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science with a minor in health science. In August she will enter Duke University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in North Carolina.
Valerie is a member of the Student Exercise Science Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. She served on the 2014 SVSU kinesiology faculty search committee and holds a position on Forever Red’s board of directors. Additionally, she is a third-year resident assistant in Pine Grove, is employed as a group fitness instructor and fitness coordinator for SVSU’s Campus Recreation, and interns at Michigan Extremity Care in Clio, Mich. Valerie also worked for more than two years in the President’s Office at SVSU.
Valerie has engaged in an array of research endeavors at SVSU. She currently works as a research assistant on a behavioral, group-based physical activity intervention program targeting older adults with Dr. Becca Schlaff, assistant professor of kinesiology; and Dr. Meghan Baruth, assistant professor of kinesiology. In 2013, Valerie authored and received funding for a grant for a project to redefine proper nutritional practices for NCAA collegiate athletes. She has presented her research at two Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conferences and at the 2014 National ACSM conference in Orlando. Most recently, Valerie has developed a cookbook geared toward athletes. Valerie currently has three manuscripts (two as first author) under review.
Learn more about the group research project led by Dr. Becca Schlaff, assistant professor of kinesiology; and Dr. Meghan Baruth, assistant professor of kinesiology in the Fall 2015 Reflections "Focus on Faculty" article titled, "Duo’s research project to boost healthy lifestyles and student opportunities."