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Kinesiology Department

2013 Hermance Award Winners

The Hermance Award is presented annually to graduating seniors in the Kinesiology Department who have exhibited exemplary qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, and service during their undergraduate experience.  This award is in honor of Dr. Gilbert Hermance who was a faculty member and Chair from the 1930’s to the 1970’s, and made numerous valuable contributions to our department. The award, made possible by gifts from Mr. Hermance’s friends and colleagues following his retirement, was first presented in 1972.  The selection of the recipients is made by the current faculty members in the Kinesiology Department. 

Our three winners for 2013 are Mia Zheng (Health Sciences), Benjamin Kwan (Sports Medicine), and Jarvis Sam (Sport Management).

Mia Zheng

MiaZhengMia Zheng is a graduating senior in Health Sciences.  In 2010, she was chosen as of the recipients for the Loewenstern Fellowship, which allows students to volunteer in other countries. Mia volunteered with Projects Abroad in Shanghai, China from May to July 2010.  She spent her time at both the Shanghai Bo Ai Children's Rehabilitation Centre and the Zi Luo Lan School for Underprivileged Children as a Motor Skills Occupational/Physical Therapist Aid.  Mia worked with local teachers and therapists in developing rehabilitation programs, teaching basic English, providing general care, and leading enrichment courses in arts and crafts.  

This past semester, she conducted research on her own time, collaborating with the Rice Wellness Center. Last summer, Mia also served as an Undergraduate Summer Researcher at UT Medical School at Houston.  She will be attending the University of California at Berkeley this fall to pursue her Master's degree in Public Health (MPH), and she will be studying in the Infectious Disease and Vaccinology program.  Congrats to Mia! 


Benjamin Kwan


Benjamin Kwan is a graduating senior in our Sports Medicine program.  Per the Sport Medicine director, Professor Bruce Etnyre, Ben was an easy choice for this award as he far excelled above all of his peers in the program.  He is a bright student who has served as a student athletic trainer here at Rice throughout his undergraduate career.  This semester, he served as a teaching assistant for Ms. Wendy Schell’s Human Anatomy Lab course.  This course is a small but intensive lab that has high demand with students.

Ben has been accepted into the University of Southern California's prestigious Physical Therapy program where he will pursue his Master's in Physical Therapy.  Congrats to Ben!



Jarvis Sam

JarvisSamJarvis Sam is a graduating senior in Sport Management.  He triple majored while here at Rice in Sport Management, History, and Policy Studies. Jarvis recently won a National Championship in Communication Analysis at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament held from April 2-5 in Hutchinson, Kan. at Hutchinson Community College, becoming the first Rice University student to win a national championship since 2007.

He has also won the Dan Henning Award (2009-2010) and the Team Player Award (2010-2011) with the Rice University Speech and Debate Team.  Jarvis also earned an internship with Music World.  He currently holds quite a lot of responsibility making sure that artists are going to the shows they need to go to while also working with media networks such as BET, ABC, and NBC to create marketing spots and opportunities for Music World artists.

Jarvis has accepted a position with Deloitte.  We wish Jarvis luck in his new profession!