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Professor Jacquelyn Zera of the Exercise Science Sports Studies Department has been awarded Fellow Status with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). This fellowship is an elite member status for long-term members who have provided significant service to the ACSM. The purpose of the Fellowship is to recognize members who have demonstrated high standards of professional development, significant contributions to their discipline and ACSM, and commitment to the goals and long-range activities of the college. The Fellowship is regarded as one of ACSM's most prestigious credentials, as it recognizes outstanding service to ACSM and distinguished professional achievement in research and/or the fields of exercise science and sports medicine. The nomination process for Fellowship requires letters of support from two current Fellows of ACSM and the individual exceeding minimum benchmarks in service and scholarship.

The American College of Sports Medicine was founded in 1954 with the recognition that health problems were associated with certain lifestyle choices. Since then, ACSM members from all professional backgrounds have applied their knowledge, training, and dedication in sports medicine and exercise science to promote healthier lifestyles for people around the globe. The ACSM has grown to more than 50,000 members and certified professionals strong from 90 countries.

The mission of the ACSM is to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Through research, instruction, and certification, the ACSM members and certified professionals make a difference every day. Their groundbreaking research and collaboration drive innovation and progress across the dimensions of science, practice, education, and policy.