AUGUSTA — Jordan Hendricks, a 21-year-old graduating senior in the Bachelor of Science Kinesiology degree program, has been named the Augusta University representative to the Board of Regents 2020 Academic Recognition Day on Feb. 11.
“It’s a great honor. It means a lot to be recognized for all I’ve done during my four years,” Hendricks said.
Annually, each of the 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia is asked to select one student as its representative for this prestigious honor awarded by the Board of Regents and the Georgia Legislature. The undergraduate student chosen must be representative of outstanding scholastic achievement on his or her campus, have an outstanding grade point average and be a resident of Georgia.
Hendricks, a 4.0 GPA honors student who has been accepted into the graduate physical therapy program in the College of Allied Health Sciences, was the perfect choice to represent the university, according to Dr. Steven Page, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.
“Jordan is a very conscientious student. He’s either in class or studying for a class. He’s very personable and a leader in the classroom and the college, and has represented the college on committees and student organizations,” Page said.
As part of participating in the Honors Program, Hendricks completed original research that he presented in a poster session at the Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference, a regional, multidisciplinary conference open to undergraduate students from Georgia and beyond. His research, “The Relationship between Media and Public Opinion Regarding Cannabis as an Opioid Substitute,” tested if and how media influences public opinion on cannabis as an opioid substitute.
“Essentially we found no relationship between media coverage and the opinions held by the 150 respondents. Pretty much everyone agreed that cannabis should be legalized as an opioid substitute, with differentiation of opinion between media consumption, age, sex, or religion,” Hendricks said.
Hendricks is a native of the Augusta area, a graduate of Lakeside High School, and will be an AU legacy graduate. His mother, older sister, and brother are all AU alumni. A younger sister is currently enrolled at AU as a sophomore math major.