Kinesiology students win NEACSM awards, scholarships and College Bowl at 2018 annual meeting

Dept. of Kinesiology winners and attendees

November 26, 2018

Four graduate students from the UMass Amherst Department of Kinesiology received awards and scholarships during the annual New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held November 8-9 in Providence, Rhode Island.

They include:

  • President’s Cup — Christine St. Laurent
  • Student Investigator Doctoral Award — Christine St. Laurent
  • Student Investigator Master’s Award — Aurora Foster
  • David N. Camaione Doctoral Scholarship — Sarah Burkart
  • Mark Connolly Memorial Scholarship (Master’s) — Christopher Moore

Doctoral student Christine St. Laurent received both the NEACSM Student Investigator Doctoral Award and the President’s Cup, given for the best research poster presentation at the meeting. The award includes a travel grant of $1200 as well as the registration fee for St. Laurent to attend the 2019 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting being held May28 – June 1, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

Aurora Foster received the Student Investigator Master’s Award. The Student Investigator award recognizes students at all three degree levels – doctoral, masters, and undergraduate, respectively. The awards are given for student presentations at the meeting and include $500 prizes.

Doctoral student Sarah Burkart 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.

Second year master’s student Christopher Moore received the Mark Connolly Memorial Master’s Scholarship. The $750 award is given to 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.

“I was honored and thrilled when I found out I was this year’s winner,” Moore says. “Now, most of all I feel extremely grateful for the incredible mentors that have invested considerable time and care into my professional development since I began as an undergraduate research assistant at UMass Amherst.”

The Department of Kinesiology also celebrated a victory in this year’s College Bowl. The NEACSM annual College Bowl pits teams of undergraduates against each other in a test of sports medicine knowledge. This year’s UMass Amherst team was comprised of Kali Shamaly, Matthew Conlon and Patrycja Bugajska.

“UMass Amherst was a force to be reckoned with!” says Jane Kent, Professor and Chair of the Department.

The team will travel to the ACSM annual meeting in May to compete in the national competition against rival ACSM chapters.