Kinesiology Students Win 2023 NEACSM Awards
Kinesiology students Luke Arieta, Nehemiah Wilson, and Kaitlyn Kleeman received awards during the annual New England chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Fall Conference held October 12-13, 2023, in Springfield, Mass.
Luke Arieta, a doctoral student working in the Muscle Physiology Laboratory under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Jane Kent, received the conference's prestigious President's Cup, given for the best research poster presentation at the meeting. The recognition comes with a $1,000 travel award to attend the 2024 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual meeting being held May 28-31, 2024, in Boston. There, he will represent the New England chapter and compete against the President’s Cup winners from the other 11 ACSM regional chapters.
Nehemiah Wilson, a master’s student working in the Pediatric Physical Activity Lab under the supervision of Professor Sofiya Alhassan, received the Student Investigator Masters Award. The award is given for best master's level student presentation at the meeting and includes a $500 prize.
Kaitlyn Kleeman, an undergraduate working in the NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory under the supervision of Assistant Professor Sarah Roelker, received the conference's Student Investigator Undergraduate Award. The award is given for best undergraduate student presentation at the meeting and comes with a $500 prize.
"These awards show the quality of our graduate and undergraduate students and the strength of our program," says Richard van Emmerik, professor and chair of the kinesiology department. "I was also quite pleased by the performance of our undergraduates at the Academic College Bowl."