Kinesiology students win NEACSM awards and scholarships at 2017 annual meeting

Members of the Peer Mentor Program gather
after first day of NEACSM Fall Meeting 2017

November 20, 2017

Seven students from the Department of Kinesiology received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held October 19-20 in Providence, Rhode Island.

They include:

  • David N. Camaione 2017 Doctoral Scholarship: Brittany Masteller

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2017 Masters Scholarship: Greg Petrucci

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2017 Minority Scholarship: Melanna Cox

  • NEACSM 2017 President’s Cup: Corinna Serviente

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Sarah Burkart

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Masters Award: Julia Miehm

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Dhanya Kumar

Doctoral student Brittany Masteller received the David N. Camaione Doctoral Scholarship. The criteria for the $1000 award are academic excellence, professional experience, professional activities such as attending conferences and workshops, publication of peer-reviewed research, and skill in obtaining grants.

Graduate student Greg Petrucci received the Mark Connolly Memorial Masters Scholarship. The $750 award is selected for a student researching areas of clinical or basic exercise science or sports medicine. Selection is based on academic excellence, work experience, professional activities including professional memberships, and a poster or free communication presentation at the NEACSM annual meeting.

Melanna Cox won the NEACSM Lawrence E. Armstrong Minority Scholarship, which is awarded to support and encourage professional development and academic excellence in minority students in the New England region; the award includes a $750 prize.

Doctoral student Corinna Serviente was named the winning presenter in the “NEACSM President’s Cup,” a competition of research poster presentations at the meeting. The award includes a travel grant of $1200 and a registration waiver for Serviente to travel to the national ACSM conference in 2018.

Sarah Burkart, Julia Miehm, and Dhanya Kumar received NEACSM Student Investigator awards at all three degree levels – doctoral, masters, and undergraduate, respectively. The awards are given for student presentations at the meeting and include $500 prizes.

The department also fielded a team in the NEACSM’s annual College Bowl, which pits teams of undergraduates against each other in a test of kinesiology knowledge. Colleen Morin, Connor Saleeba, and Kara Eisenberg competed under the coaching of doctoral candidates Liam Fitzgerald and Brittany Masteller, and faculty mentor Judi LaBranche.

Professor and department chair Jane Kent stated, “It was so exciting to see the students recognized for their excellence in research. The Department of Kinesiology at UMass Amherst has a reputation for training and mentoring outstanding students, and this commitment was clearly evident at the NEACSM conference.”