PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University gymnastics senior Tori Kinamon has won the George W. Hagy Prize in Human Biology as part of the Brown Biology Senior Prizes program via a selection from the Division of Biology and Medicine Awards Committee.
Each spring faculty in the Division of Biology and Medicine nominate graduating seniors in Biology for the following prizes. The Biology Awards Committee selects the recipients who are honored at a luncheon and recognized at Commencement.
The George W. Hagy Prize in Human Biology is given to a senior Health & Human Biology student in recognition of embodying the spirit of the Human Biology program along with a record of remarkable academic achievement. Dr. Hagy is an emeritus Professor of Genetics, who also initiated the Human Biology concentration many years ago.
A native of Peachtree City, Georgia, Kinamon has personified what it means to overcome adversity. During her time at Brown, she has overcome multiple major surgeries and an extended hospitalization due to a staph infection. Through it all, she has remained the consummate teammate.
Inspired by her experience, she has taken on a role as a student researcher, conducting clinical and laboratory research on staph infections. She volunteers with the Community Health Advocacy Program, is a Women's Peer Counselor, and teaches elementary school students about nutrition and wellness as a FIT Club Fellow.
Her involvement at Brown and the wider community has earned her a Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society, the Derek Canfield Baker Award, and the Mari-Rae Sopper Spirit Award.
Over her career, she has earned Scholastic All-America honors three times, won First Team All-Ivy Classic honors on Bars, and gained the ECAC Coaches Choice Award after returning from injury.
Later this month she will graduate with a degree in Health and Human Biology and plans to take a gap year to conduct research in the health care industry before applying to medial school.