Local native earns fellowships

New Palestine graduate receives honors at University of Tennessee

NEW PALESTINE — A 2010 graduate of New Palestine High School has received two fellowships from the University of Tennessee — Knoxville.

Lauren Schroeder, daughter of Aubrey Schroeder and Carol Friesen of New Palestine, was awarded the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence and the 2017-2018 J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship. The Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence is a four-year fellowship that aims to attract the best and brightest students worldwide as the university’s premier graduate fellowship program. The J. Wallace & Katie Dean Fellowship is a one-year award for incoming graduate students who show promise for outstanding graduate work in excellent and demanding programs at the University of Tennessee.

Lauren is currently completing her master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a 4.0 GPA. Her thesis research is focused on understanding the influence of a raised surface on knee mechanics and muscle activation patterns when running and cutting. Lauren has also been a key member of several research projects that will culminate with co-authorship on several peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Lauren will begin the Kinesiology and Sports Studies doctoral program, Biomechanics specialization, in the fall of 2017 under the supervision of Joshua Weinhandl. Her intended research focus will be on optimizing lower extremity injury prevention strategies by identifying novel modifiable contributing factors with readily available clinical interventions, according to the University of Tennessee — Knoxville Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies website.