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The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award is one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards at NC State.  For the second year in a row, a member of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management faculty will receive this award.  At this year’s Spring Commencement Dr. Jason Bocarro will be presented with his award by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Faculty Development.

Dr. Bocarro received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2001 and was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, he joined the faculty of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State.  Dr. Bocarro’s research has been focused on childhood and adolescent obesity and how parks, recreation and youth sport programs can alleviate this health problem. As testament to the impact of his teaching accomplishments, he was named the College of Natural Resources Outstanding Teacher of the Year,  NC State Outstanding Teacher and was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In 2014, Dr. Bocarro was awarded an International Visiting Fellowship from Coventry University to collaborate with faculty from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany and Brazil on examining the impact of Mega Sporting Events. In addition, he was selected for the University Faculty Scholars Program which recognizes and rewards academic leaders.  Dr. Bocarro has published numerous peer reviewed research journal publications covering a number of disciplines and conducted many classes and workshops at state, national and international conferences.