Kansas State University


Department of Kinesiology

Student spotlight: Kelsie Carpenter, Shane Hammer and Stephanie Kurti

Kelsie Carpenter (undergraduate)

Kelsie CarpenterKelsie Carpenter is a senior in kinesiology and pre-physician assistant from Overland Park, Kansas. She plans to graduate from K-State in May of 2018 and attend Physician Assistant Graduate School at Wichita State University the following June. Her involvement at K-State includes: events director and president of the Kinesiology Student Organization, kinesiology ambassador, kinesiology student advisory board and Open House volunteer. Kelsie has been recognized with an Outstanding Senior Leadership Award, the 2017 American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar Award, an Achievement Award, a departmental scholarship and multiple private scholarships. Her favorite summer activity is slalom skiing at Table Rock Lake and she enjoys squats and pushups for a good workout.

Shane Hammer (master’s)

Shane HammerShane Hammer is in the master’s program in kinesiology, with an undergraduate degree in kinesiology in 2015 from K-State, and he has been accepted into K-State’s doctoral program. He studies muscle-oxygen transportation interactions during exercise and the mechanisms that determine fatigue in Dr. Barstow’s Human Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Shane is the recipient of multiple travel awards, a Ruth Hoeflin Home Economics scholarship and the 2017 American Kinesiology Association Master’s Scholar Award. He is originally from Cherryvale, Kansas, and sees his wife and daughter as sources of support. Shane enjoys running during his downtime.


Stephanie Kurti (doctoral)

Stephanie KurtiStephanie Kurti, recent PhD graduate in kinesiology, is originally from Naperville, Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from Florida Atlantic University. At K-State, Stephanie focused her research on understanding how age, sex and lifestyle may impact biomarkers that are associated with the development of respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Recently, she accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at James Madison University. Stephanie has been awarded a college outstanding graduate student of year, a departmental distinguished doctoral student of the year, an Alumni Association graduate student with excellence in academics and the Presidential Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She is a purveyor of iced coffees and loves to play tennis when she gets the chance.