November 7, 2017
Kinesiology doctoral student Carl Jewell has been named a De Luca Foundation 2017 Research Scholarship winner. He received the $13,000 award for a research proposal titled "The influence of patellofemoral pain on muscle coordination and segment coordination variability in runners.” The De Luca Foundation is a charitable organization that focuses its work on raising awareness of innovative methodologies for understanding human motor control, fostering innovative work, educating students and young researchers, and funding research ideas to study and cure neuromuscular diseases.
Jewell plans to use the scholarship to further his dissertation project, allowing him to dedicate more time to his research. “The notification email of the award was one of the best messages I have ever received as this will fully fund my dissertation,” Jewell says. “At first I was in disbelief, but a call to my advisor confirmed that it actually happened. This funding will cover everything from the supplies I need, to participant reimbursement, to a stipend that will allow me to fully focus on this project.”
Jewell describes his dissertation as a culmination of all the skills and knowledge he’s acquired during his time as a student at UMass Amherst. His primary research interests are in lower limb mechanics and foot strike patterns in running.
“As we continue to research injury, specifically patellofemoral pain in runners, we look to improve the research foundation to develop tools for injury classification and risk assessment, thus reducing recovery time, injury persistence, and ultimately injury occurrence,” Jewell states. “Here at UMass Amherst, we have the personnel and experience to conduct in-depth, cutting-edge research and a suite of equipment that allows us to probe questions that might not be achievable at other institutions.”
He credits his success to his doctoral faculty advisor, Katherine Boyer, and his master’s advisor, Joseph Hamill, as well as his colleagues in the department and the Biomechanics Lab and the Musculoskeletal & Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab.
The De Luca Foundation awarded $28,000 in scholarship prizes this year. According to its website, this is “the first year the De Luca Foundation [has] administered scholarships to support undergraduate and graduate student research projects aimed at advancing the study of electromyography, motor control and human movement science. We are proud to play a part in the professional growth of young researchers into the next generation of leaders driving future research innovations.” Since it was founded in 1985, the foundation has dedicated its financial resources to serving the biomechanics research community through R&D grants, travel grants, public education, and workshops.