Abigail Kaufman, from York, Pennsylvania, will graduate with a in degree exercise physiology and a minor in medical humanities and health sciences. She is a member of the WVU Gymnastics Team, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and serves as a leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Kaufman also serves as a gymnastic coach for WVU summer camps and trains youth at Prestige Gymnastics Center when she returns home during the summers.
She has maintained a 3.96 cumulative grade point average while training daily with her team, engaging in rigorous coursework and participating in internships.
Maintaining a 4.0 her freshman and sophomore years, she earned the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches Scholastic All-America honor. She was named the 2019 Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year her junior year and is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
During her time at the University, she has been most intrigued with the hands-on experience in her cadaver laboratory course where she was able to advance her knowledge of human anatomy and how various structures of the body work.
Another valuable experience was her internship with the WVU Human Performance Lab where she gained both administrative and direct patient experience. An elite athlete, she learned to retrain her thinking from her own intense training regimen to one that was more appropriate and beneficial to this new population of patients.
Kaufman successfully completed a nine-week leadership, communications and conflict resolution training in her hometown with Sandler Training, Staub & Associates and a clinical internship as a chiropractic assistant with the North York Chiropractic Clinic.
After graduation, she will work in the healthcare industry, and ultimately, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.