Graduate Student Awards

Mindie Clark: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “Adaptations to sprinting and jumping after training with a resistance harness in track athletes”; at the 2017 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Cologne, Germany. http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/205/

Ashlyn Jendro: 2017 Spooner Student Research Grant ($500) to support data collection for her thesis project titled “Performance characteristics of adult, one dog Canicross runners.”

Ryan Meidinger: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “Acute effects of the SpeedMaker resistive sprint device: electromyography and kinematics”; at the 2017 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Cologne, Germany. http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/2/

Stephanie Moore: 2017 Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for support to travel to Salzburg, Austria for data collection on her research project “Postural compensation from the implementation of a heel lift in alpine skiers.

Stephanie Moore: 2017 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Student Mini Research Grant (€500) for support to travel to Salzburg, Austria for data collection on her research project “Postural compensation from the implementation of a heel lift in alpine skiers.

Stephanie Moore: 2017 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Student Internship Grant (€2000) for support to collect data on her thesis project “Biomechanical Adaptations to an Implemented Ramp Angle in Recreational Alpine Skiers.” Data collection occurred at the University of Salzburg, Austria and NMU.

Megan Hennekens: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) in 2017; also awarded a Superior Health Foundation Grant ($276.82) for her research examining three different yoga speeds on cortisol response in female college nursing students.

Brandon Jones: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) received in 2017 to complete his thesis research on “The effect of hyperthermic whole body heat stimulus (sauna) on heat shock protein 70 and skeletal muscle hypertrophy in young males during weight training”. Further, Brandon developed an abstract and poster presentation to present at the 2017 Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. 

William “Jake” Brown: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “Muscle coordination in cross-country skiing: the effect of incline on the V2-skate technique”; at the 2016 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Tsukuba, Japan.  https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6980/6275 

Andrew Ernst: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “7-weeks of yoga training and its effects on flexibility and rate of force development in Olympic weightlifters”; at the 2016 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Tsukuba, Japan.  https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6879/6175 

Andrew Ernst: Spooner Student Research Grant ($500) to support costs of Yoga instruction in the conduction of the study “7-weeks of yoga training and its effects on flexibility and rate of force development in Olympic weightlifters”; 2015.  https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6360/5729 

Andrew Ernst: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “Rotator cuff activation during the Olympic snatch under various loading conditions”; at the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Poitiers, France.

Kevin Phillips: Excellence in Education Award ($1500) for travel support to present “The influence of drop height on ground reaction forces in mountain biking”; at the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Poitiers, France.  https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6619/5978 

Matthew Kilgas: Graduate Research and Scholarly Activities Award for ($1,500) for travel support to present “Transitioning from road running to trail running.”; at the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Poitiers, France.  https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6578/5939 

Brian Budd II: NMU Undergraduate Student Research Travel Grant ($2500) for travel support to present “Effects of cutting weight via sauna on force production and rate of force development for the Olympic snatch pull.”; at the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Meeting in Poitiers, France, https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/cpa/article/view/6521/5886 .[RJ1]      

Aaron Eastham: Excellence in Education Award in 2015 "to examine the effects of yoga on growth hormone secretion in healthy, young males and females".  Further, Aaron developed an abstract and poster to present at the Midwest Americal College of Sports Medicine Conference in Fort Wayne, IN.

Kevin Phillips: Graduate Research and Scholarly Activities Award ($1,000) for materials and supplies to conduct the study “The influence of drop height on ground reaction forces in mountain biking”; 2015.

 [RJ1]These were undergrads at time of Award.

Max Adolphs received a 2014 Excellence in Education award in support of his research titled, "The Metabolic Effects of High Intensity Intermittent Exercise in Hypoxia Versus Normoxia on Sedentary Overweight Adults." The project objectives were to access the metabolic effects of high intensity intermittent exercise in hypoxia on overweight and obese sedentary adults. 

Cale Anderson received a 2014 Excellence in Education award in support of his research titled, "Comparison of Kinematics and Accuracy of Overhand Football Throwing."  The purpose of the study was to examine the effect that throw type and shoulder angle might have on wrist speed, elbow angle, and throwing accuracy. 

Kevin Phillips received a 2014 Excellence in Education award in support of his research titled, "The Physiological Demands of Snow Biking through the Use of a Fat Bike." Kevin's research questions included, "Does snow biking with a fat bike result in an increased physiological demand compared to that of cross country mountain biking, during the summer, using a hard tail mountain bike? Does time to complete the trail differ? Does rating of perceived exertion differ?"

Bridget E. Durocher received a 2014 Spooner Award for her research project titled, "Influence of Intensity on Acute Aortic Pulse Pressure and Central Arterial Stiffness in Long-Distance Runners". Bridget used small wrist accelerometers during long-distance running events in conjunction with measures of central blood pressure and arterial stiffness to gain insight as to how intensity influences acute cardiovascular health.

Bridget Durocher received a 2013 Excellence in Education Award in support of her research titled, "Acute Effects of the Marquette 50 and Marquette Marathon on Cardiovascular Health." The purpose of Bridget's research was to determine the effects of ultramarathon or marathon on C-reactive protein, brachial blood pressure and measure of arterial stiffness. 

Mariah Lash received a 2012 Spooner Grant in support of her research titled, "The Relationship Between Non-suicidal Self-injury and Disordered Eating in Female Collegiate Athletes". The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of disordered eating non-suicidal self-injury and the co-occurrence of the two in female collegiate athletes. 

Megan McCullough received a 2012 Spooner Grant in support of her research titled, "Same-sex Vs Opposite-sex Athletic Trainers: NCAA Athletes’ Comfort and Preference".  The purpose of this study was to identify the preference of NCAA athletes pertaining to same-sex vs. opposite-sex athletic trainers. Specifically, determine preferences with the treatment of general medical conditions, athletic injuries, psychological conditions, and sex-specific injuries and conditions.   

Saravanan 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.

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