Sarah Deemer

 Sarah Deemer
Peer Mentor since 2010


Sarah Deemer is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  She is completing her dissertation research under the co-mentorship of Dr. Matthew Hickey from the Department of Health and Exercise Science and Dr. Christopher Melby from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.  Their research is focused on the interaction of diet and exercise on insulin sensitivity, skeletal muscle insulin signaling, and adipocytokine response in the Hispanic population. 

As an Hispanic female growing up in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">El Paso, <st1:state w:st="on">TX, Sarah took notice of the increased prevalence of certain diseases within her ethnicity, as well as in other minority populations.  A quick search of the literature revealed that health issues critical to Hispanics are under-represented in research papers despite Hispanics being the fastest growing minority population.  It was at this time she decided to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in health disparities research. 

Sarah completed her B.S. and M.S. degrees at the <st1:placetype w:st="on">University of <st1:placename w:st="on">Texas at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">El Paso where she became involved in research as an undergraduate student under the mentorship of Dr. George King in the Human Performance Laboratory. Sarah is in her 5th year of pursuing her PhD.


Mentor's Motivational Message

(Video Date: August 2010)


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student
Institution/Address:  Health and Exercise Science
 Colorado State University
 Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone:  915.478.0593
Fax:  N/A
Email:  sarah.deemer@colostate.edu
FASEB Society Member:  ACSM, APS
Scientific Discipline:  Human Bioenergetics












Breaking the Ice - Sarah's "Q&A"

 What do you like to do most with a free hour? Why?

 Exercise.  It helps relieve stress and keeps me healthy.

 If you could choose to be an animal, what animal would you choose to be? Why?

 I would choose to be a tiger... they are on the endangered species list, so I wouldn't be hunted, and if I fell, I would always land on my feet.

 What do people like best about you?

  My ability to listen and be compassionate.

 What skill do you need in order to succeed? Why? 

 It is important to be able to network.  In life you need to be able to communicate and collaborate with other people.

 What will you be doing 10 years from now?

 I hope to be an assistant professor at a university with an established research career; who also owns 2 dogs, a cat, and finally live in my own house.

 What do you keep in the trunk of your car?

 Soccer balls, cones, and a portable goal.  In my spare time I am a youth soccer coach.

 If you were a piece of fruit, what would you choose to be?

 I think a nectarine would be nice.

 What's your favorite line from any movie?

 "Where'd you get the coconuts?"  [Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail]

 What is set as the background on your computer?

 My dog, Cube.

 If you were to be on a reality TV show, which one would you be on and why?

  "Wipeout", because it looks like a whole lot of fun!



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