Finishing dissertation in exercise psychology this summer and excited to begin involvement in the policy-making and the guidance of young minds in leadership opportunities. Thorough knowledge of the research process, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. Passionate about creating opportunities for minorities in education and challenging students to widen their world perspective. Experienced graduate student, teaching assistant, research assistant and guest lecturer in a college setting.
Funding and Scholarship Awards
-Genevieve Brown Wright Scholarship recipient at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012-2013)
-Virginia Horne Henry Research Grant recipient as primary author with
Dr. Dane Cook at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
-Virginia Horne Henry Fellowship recipient at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011-2012)
-Carns, Cronin, Glassow fund Scholarship recipient for the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2010)
-Chancellor's Fellowship Award recipient at UWM (2008)
-Academic Internship Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia (2004)
-Hilldale Undergraduate Research Award recipient at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2003)
-Dean's List in College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (200-2004)
Achievements in Athletics
-1999 Gatorade Wisconsin State High School Volleyball Player of the Year
-1999-2003 member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Volleyball team
-Academic All-Big Ten (1999-2004)
-All-Big Ten First Team selection (2002)
-College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All- District
-American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American selection (2002)
-Medal of Honor Recipient for the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
This is an honor awarded annually to one female and male athlete at each Big Ten institution based on academic and athletic accomplishment (2004)
Participant recruitment, data collection and analysis as part of being a research assistant. Holding office hours, grading and guest lecturing when necessary as a teaching assistant. Attending upper level classes in psychology, neuroscience and kinesiology as a graduate student. Taught introduction to volleyball as an instructor. Applied for and received numerous scholarships and grants from funding agencies. Finishing dissertation on changes in cognitive function across a semester in college students and collegiate athletes.
Lectured on an introduction to kinesiology with students from diverse backgrounds for their summer course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Initiated thought-provoking classroom discussions and projects to help students develop their critical thinking abilities.
Responsible for the success and coordination of six studies occurring in the Neuroscience of Depression laboratory at this institution. Involved participant recruitment, advertising, data collection, data analysis and highly developed communication and organizational skills. Worked with and mentored three undergraduate students as research assistants.
Maintained regularly-scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
Lead weekly discussion sections to review lecture material and challenge students to understand the larger picture of the science.
Graded and communicated with professors about student's progress
Attended and presented a poster at the Annual American Pain Society Conference, 2011 and 2012
Attended the American College of Sports Medicine Conference in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Published a paper: Physical activity, sustained sedentary behavior and pain modulation in women with fibromyalgia in The Journal of Pain, 13, 195-206.Ellingson, L.D, Shields, M.R., Stegner, A.J., & Cook, D.B. (2012).
Published a chapter: Effects of Acute and Chronic Physical Activity on Chronic Pain Conditions. In P. Ekkekakis (Ed.), Routledge
Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health. London, Routledge.Stegner, A. J., Shields, M. R., Meyer, J. D. & Cook, D. B.
President of the Kinesiology Graduate Program (2007-2009)
Attended and presented a poster at the Society for Psychophysiological
Research conference, 2008
Attended and presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience conference, 2009
Published my thesis: Visual threat detection during moderate- and high-intensity exercise. Shields, M.R., Larson, C.L., Swartz, A.M. & Smith, J.C. (2010) in Emotion, 11(3), 572-581.
Certificate in Women's Studies
Member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Women's Volleyball Team
Research Assistant in the Psychology of Motivation Laboratory
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