Alecia Fox, Department of Kinesiology undergraduate student with an emphasis in exercise science, pre-physical therapy, has been recognized for her exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars award ceremony that was held on Thursday, May 9, in the Stueckle Sky Center.
Fox is one of the ten graduating scholars who was joined by their families, friends and honored faculty, for a reception that recognizes the students’ academic excellence and the tremendous influence specific faculty members have had on their success. This honored tradition provides an opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers.
Presented by the Boise State Alumni Association, the awards ceremony features remarks from each student honoree as well as remarks from Interim President Martin Schimpf, Zeynep Hansen, incoming vice provost for academic planning, and Lisa Gardner, executive director of the Boise State Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations.
Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees then are reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.
“Student recipients should feel extremely proud knowing that they are deemed the top of their graduating class,” said Gardner. “They have had extraordinary experiences through their undergraduate studies with Boise State and we hope that they continue to excel in their life and career paths as Boise State alumni.”
Fox chose to honor faculty member, Scott Conger, associate professor for the Department of Kinesiology. Her plans after graduation include working towards a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.
“The Department of Kinesiology has been instrumental in helping me achieve my academic and personal success,” said Fox. “The community of professors within the department have provided me with many meaningful class experiences that have ultimately prepared me for my future as a Physical Therapist. One professor in particular, Dr. Scott Conger, was very influential in my academic endeavors and is an incredible role model in my life. He spends a tremendous amount of time educating students and demonstrates true dedication towards helping them reach the depth of their potential. He opened many doors for me personally, that allowed me to expand my comfort zone and develop confidence and courage. Without educators like him, I would be nowhere comparable to where I am right now and where I am headed!”
View a list of the other students who received a Top Ten Scholar award.