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Grace Chaney, 2021 Ken and Joan Frankel Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year Award

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Grace Chaney, 2021 Ken and Joan Frankel Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year Award

  • Senior honors major in Kinesiology, with a Premedical Studies co-major
  • Research associate in the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Health
  • Undergraduate Summer Scholar (2019); Undergraduate Research Award (2019)
  • Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (2020)
  • President, Anatomy and Physiology Club; Ambassador, Office of Research for Undergraduates
  • Certified personal trainer & group fitness instructor (American College of Sports Medicine )
"My pre-medical studies co-major has well prepared me for my future endeavours both academically and professionally. The Mallory-Wilson Center provides a transformative student experience offering various opportunities for student growth both in and out of the classroom. The great thing about the co-major is that while it focuses on a traditional pre-medical curriculum, it also provides coursework that delves into the intricacies of healthcare and the community."


The 2020-21 recipient of the Ken and Joan Frankel Outstanding Premedical Student Award was Grace Chaney.  Grace was an honors student with a major in Kinesiology with a co-major in Premedical Studies. While she maintained an outstanding GPA, her extracurricular involvement was equally impressive.  

The Frankel Outstanding Premedical Student of the Year Award recognizes the top premedical student in each graduating class, and the awardee is selected by the Director and Assistant Director of the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education.

Notable is Grace’s involvement and leadership in health outreach programs within the Miami community and beyond.  In addition to her volunteer work at local clinics, Grace was president of the Anatomy and Physiology Club at Miami, which saw tremendous growth under her leadership.  Furthermore, through her advocacy for the Stop the Bleed program, 200 or more Miami students have received training in this lifesaving endeavor, which allows bystanders through certification classes to fill the gap until EMS arrives. The Mallory-Wilson Center is grateful for her active and frequent participation in student panels, where she shared her experiences at Miami with younger premedical and pre-health students.

Grace was also actively engaged in medical research.  At Miami, she has been involved in research in the Muscle Fatigue Lab researching muscle activation and fatigue processes and secured an Undergraduate Research award as well as a University Summer Scholar funding for her research. This served as a gateway to her selection as a Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research fellow in the Biomedical Engineering and Physiology cohort. 

Grace’s record both in and out of the classroom earned her multiple clinical research fellowship offers, and we are excited to see that she will be conducting orthopedic-related, patient-centered research this fall at the Mayo Clinic before matriculating in medical school.  The Mallory-Wilson Center is proud to recognize Grace Chaney as not only a deserving recipient of this award, but also as an outstanding member of Miami’s pre-health community. Congratulations Grace!

[August 2021]