Graduate Student Awards

BalasubramaniSaravanan Balasubramani received a 2007 Excellence in Education Award in support of his research titled EMG and Force Production Of Upper and Lower Extremities with Three Difference Foot Positions During A Rock Climbing Movement..” Saravanan is a physiotherapist from Chennai, India.  His research will study how specific foot position affects applied force at the hand and foot and muscle motor unit activation in six muscles during a standardized rock climbing movement. 

Benjamin A. Crockett received a 2007 Excellence in Education Award in support of his research titled:  Kinematic Analysis and Muscular Activity of Skateboard Propulsion in Experienced Participants to present it at the XXV International Sport Biomechanics Symposium (ISBS) in Ouro Preto, Brazil.  Ben was a first-year grad student from Petoskey, Mich.  His research investigated motion during the pushing and riding of a skateboard.

Daniel Kaukola received a 2007 Excellence in Education Award in support of his research titled: Validity and reliability of a field test in estimating Functional Threshold Power in cycling. Danny was a second- year grad student from Ishpeming, Mich. He planned to evaluate the validity and reliability of a field test for estimating functional threshold power (the power that could be maintained during a time trial) in cyclists.

Melinda McCutcheon received a 2007 Excellence in Education Award in support of her research titled: Force Production: Effects of Lateral Pedal Variation Relative to Q-angle in Avid Cyclists. Mindy was a first-year grad student from Boyne City, Mich. Her research examined whether correcting Q-angles at the knee by varying lateral pedal widths impacted the cyclist’s overall force production, thus improving efficiency and performance.

Eamonn Flanagan was the 2007 winner of the New Investigator Award at the XXV International Sport Biomechanics Symposium (ISBS) in Ouro Preto, Brazil. His paper titled: Reliability of the reactive strength index and time to stabilization during depth jumpswas the top out of 15 other papers. Coauthors were Randall Jensen and William Ebben (a former graduate student). Eamonn is now a doctoral student at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.