KHPR doctoral student wins conference scholarship

Alan ChuAlan Chu, a doctoral student in the UNT College of Education’s Kinesiology program, recently earned a scholarship to attend the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) conference in December 2016 in Galveston.

Chu’s research focuses on motivation and health-related outcomes in sports and physical education. He currently serves as a teaching fellow and research assistant in the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation as well as a sport psychology consultant at the UNT Center for Sport and Performance Excellence. He won the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Fellow of the Year Award for KHPR.

At the conference, Chu was able to attend a wide range of lectures and demonstrations focusing on physical education, health education, community health and more.

“My ideal career is to teach and do research in a research-oriented university as well as consult with coaches and athletes in the community regarding educational and motivational issues,” he said. “Helping all students, especially athletes, to pursue their excellence in physical and psychosocial development is my ultimate goal.”

UNT KHPR faculty member Tao Zhang and visiting scholar Jiqiang Wang of East China Normal University also attended the conference and made a presentation on qigong, an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates breathing techniques, postures and focusing exercises to optimize health.

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Pictured: Alan Chu, left, with KHPR faculty member Tao Zhang and Xiaoxia Zhang, a UNT sport pedagogy doctoral student. Xiaoxia Zhang won first place for her poster at the conference.