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About Jessica Meendering

Dr. Meendering is an Associate Professor within the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences. She serve as the program director of the undergraduate Exercise Science Program and the graduate certificate in Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention (TOP). She is also the faculty advisor for the Exercise Science Club. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate program and her research focuses on physical activity promotion efforts to reduce childhood obesity. 
Please see CV for additional information regarding publications, grant funding, professional activities, and awards.


Present Associate Professor, South Dakota State University Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2013 - Present Member, Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior
2007 - Present Served as SD representative, President Elect, President, & Past President, Northland Chapter of ACSM
2002 - Present Member, American College of Sports Medicine
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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 SDSU David Fee Memorial Lecturer
  • 2015 Nominated for the SDSU Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award
  • 2015 Nominated for the SDSU Women of Distinction Award
  • 2014 Nominated for the SDSU Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award
  • 2012 SDSU College of Education and Human Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2010 Women in Physiology, American Physiological Society
  • 2008 Distinguished Clinical Research Team, Peace Health Hospital
  • 2008 SDSU Robinson Lecturer
  • 2007 Young Investigator Award, Nebraska Physiological Society
  • 2007 University of Oregon Graduate Commencement Speaker


  • Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention II (NUTR 751)
  • Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention I (NUTR 750)
  • Exercise Physiology (PE 350)


2004 - 2007 Ph.D., Human Physiology, University of Oregon
2002 - 2004 MS, Exercise and Movement Science, University of Oregon
1997 - 2002 BS, Health Promotion BS, Athletic Training, South Dakota State University

Contact Information

SIM 116 Box 2203 South Dakota State University Brookings, SD 57007  

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