Kinesiology Graduate Students Receive Graduate Dean’s Fellowship

Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | May 4, 2021

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Two incoming Ph.D. students in Exercise Physiology, Trevor Dufner and Jessica Moon, have been awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Fellowship. 

The UCF Graduate Dean’s Fellowship is a yearly stipend awarded to superior graduate students who are newly enrolling in one of UCF’s master’s, specialist or doctoral programs. Students must be nominated by their faculty mentor for consideration. Adam Wells, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, nominated Dufner and Moon for the fellowship. Both will advance research in the Cellular Exercise Physiology Lab under the supervision of Wells.  

 Doctoral students are required to teach undergraduate courses and will begin to establish what will be the basis of an independent research agenda. Wells says it’s a challenging time in a student’s life, but its exciting to see their motivation. 

 “Both Trevor and Jessica have achieved tremendous success in their academics and research to date,” said Wells. “I hope to help them further develop as future scholars and make significant contributions to the field of exercise physiology through their work in our lab and in our program.” 

“Providing fellowships shows our commitment to assisting students in becoming future scholars and leaders in their field,” said David Fukuda, chair for the Division of Kinesiology. “We look forward to watching their continued growth and success here at UCF.” 

Meet Trevor Dufner 

Originally from the small town of Christine, North Dakota, Dufner obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of North Dakota. While at UND, Dufner managed the program’s Exercise Physiology Lab and worked with students in a variety of exercise-related classes. Dufner’s research interests include muscular force production variables and the immune system’s influence on muscular strength, function, and recovery.  

Meet Jessica Moon 

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Moon obtained her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and her master’s degree in health science with an emphasis in sports science and performance from Lindenwood University. Moon’s research interests include exercise immunology, recovery, metabolism, sport supplementation and performance. 


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