The NSCA is proud to announce the 2017 Grant Recipients.

Graduate Research Grant - Doctoral

Justin Nicoll, University of Kansas

2017 Justin Nicoll

Justin Nicoll is a doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Fry. While completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees he was a hammer thrower for the track & field team at the University of Rhode Island. At the University of Kansas, under the advisement of Dr. Andrew Fry, he has investigated cell signaling and endocrine responses to overtraining and chronic resistance exercise adaptation.  His research interests seek to elucidate the role of endocrine and cell signaling responses to resistance exercise that regulate muscle metabolism, hypertrophy and strength adaptation as it relates to sport performance.

Ethan Hill, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2017 Ethan Hill Grants

Ethan C. Hill received his MS degree in exercise physiology and nutrition from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and BS degree in exercise and sport science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He is currently a PhD student in exercise physiology and nutrition at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His primary research interests include the evaluation of muscle function and examining sex-specific responses to muscle fatigue, strength training, supplementation, and nutrition. 

Kevin Carroll, East Tennessee State University

2017 Kevin Carroll

Kevin M. Carroll is currently completing his PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University. In addition to pursuing his doctorate, he is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for ETSU Softball. Kevin’s research aims to explicate the skeletal muscle physiological and performance responses to resistance training. In his career, he hopes to make molecular-level skeletal muscle physiology more translational for a broad range of practitioners. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he earned his M.A. in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State and his B.S. in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University.

Eric Trexler, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

2017 Eric Trexler

Eric Trexler completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science Education at The Ohio State University, followed by a Master of Arts Degree in Exercise and Sport Science (Exercise Physiology) at UNC Chapel Hill. Eric is currently a Royster Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he is completing a PhD in Human Movement Science under Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan. As a strength and conditioning practitioner, Eric has worked with football, wrestling, and Special Olympics powerlifting athletes. Eric’s primary research interests are in evaluating how exercise and dietary supplement interventions influence body composition, metabolic function, and performance.

William Dupont, Ohio State University

2017 William Dupont

William completed his undergraduate studies at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, a Mater’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Exercise Science at The University of Connecticut, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Exercise Science at The Ohio State University. William’s research interests include the effects of exercise  and nutrition on the human body with a special focus on how exercise and nutrition  affect brain health. 

Ashley Artese, Florida State University

2017 Ashley Artese

Ashley Artese is currently pursuing a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University. Her research focuses on investigating the effects of exercise interventions that include strength training, functional training, and yoga on health, body composition, and functional outcomes in breast cancer survivors, older adults, and other special populations. She earned a B.S. in kinesiology from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in exercise science from the University of South Carolina. Ashley enjoys working with and teaching undergraduate students and is involved with the fitness industry as both a group exercise instructor and fitness workshop presenter.

Graduate Research Grant - Master's

Luke Olsen, University of Kansas

2017 Luke Olsen

Luke Olsen is a Master’s student under the mentorship of Dr. Andy Fry within the department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. He received his undergraduate degree in Health Promotion from Emporia State University. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue his PhD in Exercise Physiology. Luke is a member of the NSCA and is CSCS certified. His research interests relate to the mechanotransducing properties of the skeletal muscle fiber and their alterations following various training interventions.

Patrick Harty, Lindenwood University

2017 Patrick Harty

Patrick Harty is a Master's student in Human Performance and works as a graduate research assistant for the Lindenwood University School of Health Sciences. He has completed a Bachelor's of Science from Lindenwood University and is currently a co-author on multiple abstracts submitted for presentation. In addition to his academic pursuits, Patrick is an avid weightlifter.

Alexis Pihoker, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017 Alexis Pihoker

Alexis Pihoker is a Masters student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under the direction of Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan. She earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from Miami University, where she also began competing in powerlifting.  At UNC, Alexis has assisted in various studies including supplementation for low testosterone, protein supplementation following bariatric surgery, and body composition in athletes.  Her thesis will examine the effects of nutrient timing in resistance-trained women over six weeks of training, and will be funded by the NSCA.  Her research interests include nutrition, body composition, resistance training, tactical populations, and female-specific adaptations. 

Mary Altepeter, Lindenwood University

2017 Mary Allepeter

Mary Altepeter obtained her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT) where she was a Division I student athlete. She is currently working towards a Masters degree in Human Performance at Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO), on track to graduate in May of 2018. At Lindenwood, Mary is also involved with sport science research at Exercise Performance & Nutrition Laboratory and also coaches with Lindenwood University women's field hockey team. In addition, Mary is a personal trainer in her free time.

Young Investigator Grant

Adam Wells, University of Central Florida

2017 Adam Wells

Dr. Adam Wells is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida, where he also obtained his doctorate degree. His research focuses on investigating inflammatory and immune responses to resistance exercise, as well as nutritional and recovery interventions that modulate these responses. Dr. Wells is also engages in research collaborations centered around the monitoring of sports performance in soccer athletes. 


Senior Investigator Grant

Sophia Nimphius, Edith Cowan University

2017 Sophia Nimphius

Sophia Nimphius, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. She also manages High Performance Services for Softball Western Australia and provides sports science support for Softball Australia. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D), Pro-Scheme Accredited Coach – Elite (PCAS-E) with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) and a Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

International Collaboration Grant

Nathanial Jenkins, Oklahoma State University

2017 Nathaniel Jenkins

Dr. Nathaniel Jenkins is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health, and Recreation and Co-Director of the Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory at Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Jenkins’ research interests include the acute and chronic neuromuscular responses to resistance training, the effects of age on neuromuscular function, and the effects of nutrition and dietary supplementation on health and human performance across the lifespan.  He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and American Physiological Society (APS), and is recertified with distinction by the NSCA both as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS,*D) and a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT,*D).

GNC Nutritional Grant

Otavio Takeda, Lindenwood University

2017 Otavio Takeda

Otavio M. Takeda is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Human Performance program at Lindenwood University in the School of Health Sciences, and strength and conditioning coach and research developer regarding volleyball.