Caitlin Marchak: from kinesiology to the circus

In 2012, Caitlin Marchak became one of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation’s all-around standout students, excelling in academics, volunteerism and sport. Gregarious and consistently sharp, Caitlin became one of the key leaders in the Physical Education and Recreation Council of Students (PERCS), while juggling time in the circus and as a undergraduate researcher.

Over the last several years, Caitlin has researched with the well-known Dr. Bryan Maraj as a kinesiology student, which garnered her a prestigious award in the SU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium based on interdisciplinary research. On top of this, Caitlin was elected to the PERCS as their Vice-President Academic, representing hundreds of her peers as the student voice about learning in her faculty. Contributing to an excellent year from the PERCS executive, Caitlin not only helped put together the legendary Rookie Camp, but also put together a mini research symposium for students in her faculty.

Caitlin was featured by the U of A in one of its “Set Your Future in Motion” videos, speaking to the interplay between her experiences in rhythmic gymnastics and the circus, as well as biomechanics-based research in her faculty. With a lively spirit and contagious energy, Caitlin truly made the most out of 2012, excelling in a wide range of activities. Whether the next years take her to Australia or Iqaluit, Caitlin will make an impact wherever it is that she goes.