2017 Scholarship Recipients
 

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The NSCA is proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship Recipients.

Gerard "Jerry" Martin NSCAF Scholarship

Tom Cormier, Setanta College

2017 Tom Cormier

Tom Cormier is currently the fitness supervisor of a hospital-based fitness facility, where he designs programs for and trains special populations. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Stetson University and is currently working towards his Master’s through Setanta College with a specialization in technology and performance. In addition to the NSCA certifications, include the CSCS, CSPS, and NSCA-CPT, he is Exercise Is Medicine credentialed through the ACSM, a Kettlebell Instructor through the International Kettlebell Lifting Federation (IKLF) and a Olympic Weightlifting Coach through USA Weightlifting. 

Crystal Chariton, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

2017 Crystal Chariton

Crystal is in her second year of the Doctor of Science program in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions under the mentorship of Dr. Mike Miller. Her research focuses on sport anxiety and athlete burnout, and she uses the quantitative and qualitative evidence to support her own personal experiences while she educates coaches and parents on these topics. Crystal is the owner of Alpha Human Performance and provides combination sessions of sports massage and training/coaching with her massage therapy license and CSCS.

Prior to attending RMUoHP, she interned as a strength and conditioning coach with BYU football under Coach Frank Wintrich and with WI men’s basketball under Coach Erik Helland. Before her internships, Crystal earned a great deal of experience as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach during grad school at the University of Northern Iowa. Most of her time was spent with UNI football under Coach Jed Smith, but she also worked with men’s basketball, women’s tennis, and the spirit squads. Additionally, Crystal spent time volunteering in the Exercise Science labs: biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology. She graduated from UNI in 2014 with a MA in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Psychology and from ISU in 2009 with a BS in Elementary Education and German.

Challenge Scholarship

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.

David Cornell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2017 David Cornell

David J. Cornell, PhD, CSCS, TSAC-F is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  David previously completed his PhD in Health Sciences (2016) and MS in Kinesiology (2012) degrees at UWM in the Human Performance and Sport Physiology Laboratory.  David is currently pursuing his DPT degree to further facilitate his research agenda, which is primarily focused on the improvement of health and fitness, enhancement of human performance, and prevention of musculoskeletal injury among the tactical athlete population of firefighters.  David also previously received his BS in Exercise Science degree from Carroll University (2010).

Michael Trevino, University of Kansas

2017 Michael Trevino

Michael Trevino recently completed his fourth year in the Exercise Physiology Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Trent Herda. Trevino completed his master's work in Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) under the mentorship of Dr. Jared Coburn and also received his B.S. degree in Kinesiology from CSUF. Michael is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His research interests include the noninvasive assessment of muscle function with surface electromyography (sEMG), mechanomyography (MMG), sEMG signal decomposition, and ultrasonography.

 

Ethan Hill, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2017 Ethan Hill Scholarship

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. 

Michael LaMonica, University of Central Florida

2017 Michael La-Monica

Michael B. La Monica received his MS in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida and his BS in Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University.  He is currently working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. David Fukuda.  Michael is also a CSCS and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Physiological Society.  His research interests include critical power and environmental exercise physiology.  

Brandon Stone, University of Oklahoma

2017 Brandon Stone

Brandon is a doctoral student in the Exercise Physiology program at the University of Oklahoma under Dr. Mikhail Kellawan. Prior to OU, Stone has been a human performance coach for US Army Special Operations, Division I Football, Baseball and Olympic Sports programs. He’s worked as a volunteer for NHL and NLL organizations and has coached baseball at the collegiate and high school levels. His research focuses on the physiological and psychological integration that impacts performance.

Zachary Cicone, University of Alabama

2017 Zack Cicone

Zackary Cicone is working towards his PhD in Human Performance at the University of Alabama. His current research includes bioelectrical impedance and body composition, aerobic capacity and fitness in youth athletes, and using heart rate variability as a tool to monitor recovery from training. He earned his MS in Exercise Science and BS in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University, and holds both CSCS and NSCA-CPT credentials.

David Church, University of Central Florida

2017 David Church

David is currently working towards a Ph.D. under Dr. Jay Hoffman at the University of Central Florida. Under the mentorship of Dr. Darryn Willoughby, he earned his Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry from Baylor University while working as a strength and conditioning intern. David completed his Bachelor’s degree at DePauw University where he played football and baseball. He is a member of the American Physiological Society, American College of Sports Medicine, International Society of Sports Nutrition, as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His main research interest is how exercise and nutritional stimuli alter skeletal muscle biology.

Tom Cormier, Setanta College

2017 Tom Cormier

Tom Cormier is currently the fitness supervisor of a hospital-based fitness facility, where he designs programs for and trains special populations. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Stetson University and is currently working towards his Master’s through Setanta College with a specialization in technology and performance. In addition to the NSCA certifications, include the CSCS, CSPS, and NSCA-CPT, he is Exercise Is Medicine credentialed through the ACSM, a Kettlebell Instructor through the International Kettlebell Lifting Federation (IKLF) and a Olympic Weightlifting Coach through USA Weightlifting. 

Ryan Goochey, Aurora University

2017 Ryan Goochey

I received my undergraduate degree at Aurora University in 2015. I am currently pursuing my Master’s at Concordia University-Chicago in Applied Exercise Science. I am also an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Aurora University. While working at AU, I volunteer with research within the Exercise Science Department on future published material. Prior, I earned my way from an Intern to the Director of Sports Performance at Acceleration Sports Performance 2012-2016 and was an Intern at the University of Iowa-Olympic Staff in 2014. I am currently CSCS and USAW certified. I aspire to become a collegiate/professional strength and conditioning coach.

Alex Klemp, Florida State University

2017 Alex Klemp

Alex Klemp earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University and completed his Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University. Alex is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University in Exercise Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Jeong-Su Kim. His primary research interests include optimizing resistance training program designs and nutrient provision to augment exercise-induced adaptations.

Bryan Dowdell, Kent State University

2017 Bryan Dowdell

Bryan Dowdell received his B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Akron while competing for the Zips’ track and field team where he garnered multiple Mid-American Conference championships and Academic All-American honors. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Exercise Physiology at Kent State University under the guidance of Dr. Angela Ridgel whose lab specializes in neurological aspects of exercise. Bryan has shared his passion for strength and conditioning throughout his academic and athletic career and would like to further his research in the field.

Joshua Keller, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2017 Joshua Keller

Recently, Joshua Keller completed his first-year of doctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Terry Housh. Joshua’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Science from the University of Dayton. Now at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is focusing on measuring neuromuscular parameters and rate of perceived exertion during resistance training. With great enthusiasm, he participates in campus, community, and professional volunteer opportunities. 

Mark Byrd, University of Kentucky

2017 Travis Mark Byrd

M. Travis Byrd received his BS degree in Physical Education (P-12) and a minor in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.  He received his MS degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Eastern Kentucky University.  He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Travis is currently a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kentucky and his main research interests include muscle physiology, nutritional supplementation, power production and maintenance as well as examining exercise intervention on performance measures.

Ryan Bean, Eastern Kentucky University

2017 Ryan Bean

Ryan Bean, CSCS is a graduate of Trine University. Ryan received his degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Athletic Training. Ryan was also a part of the Trine Wrestling Team. Ryan is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Ryan is currently the Exercise Physiology Graduate Assistant at EKU. In the future Ryan aspires to become a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level.  

Scott Dalconzo, Lamar University

2017 Scott Dalconzo

Originally from NJ, my journey started with a friend recommending the job to me because of my personality.  This led me down a tough path through 3 unpaid internships.  First was Monmouth than UCONN and the University of Missouri.  All unpaid and working through all of them but my passion of helping young men and women through their collegiate careers kept me going.  I aspire to be a Head Strength Coach for a power five school and once age has taken a toll on me I plan to open up a private business where I train athlete’s coming out of college training for their pro-day. 

James Boyett, University of North Texas

2017 James Boyett

James C. Boyett (MS, ATC, CSCS) is a graduate research assistant in the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of North Texas. He is currently working on his doctorate under the mentorship of Dr. Jakob Vingren. His research interested include the hormonal response to resistance exercise and subsequent hormonal regulation of skeletal muscle adaptations, as well as gender differences within these responses.

Peter Kenn, Appalachian State University

2017 Peter Kenn

Peter Kenn is a rising junior at Appalachian State University.  He is an exercise science major with and emphasis in strength and conditioning. He is a Dean’s list student academically, with an overall GPA of 3.64.  He is an All Sun Belt Conference Academic performer as a member of the track and field team.  He is a thrower, whose disciplines are hammer, discus, and weight.  He is a student member of the NSCA and has actively participated as a presenter/demonstrator at the National Conference.  His long-term aspiration is to lead a performance program at the University or Professional level.

Tyler Muddle, Oklahoma State University

Tyler Muddle Headshot

Tyler is a second year doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health & Recreation at Oklahoma State University, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Nathaniel Jenkins. Tyler serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory at OSU. He received his B.S. in Sport & Exercise Science and M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida, working under the guidance of Dr. David Fukuda. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA. Tyler’s primary research interests include neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training and exercise-induced muscle fatigue.

David Sanders, Rutgers University

2017 David Sanders

David Sanders, MS, CSCS is a 3rd year PhD student at Rutgers University in the Kinesiology & Applied Physiology Program. There, he works at the IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) under the direction of Dr. Shawn M. Arent. At the CHHP, he conducts research on various populations, including the Rutgers Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey teams, focusing on performance, training load, and related biomarker responses. David also works with athletes of all ages as a strength and conditioning coach at the CHHP. His research interests include female athletes, athletic performance, and overtraining. 

Minority Scholarship

Megan Wong, California State University, Fullerton

2017 Megan Wong

Megan Wong attended Cal State Fullerton and received her B.S. Kinesiology in 2015 and M.S. Kinesiology with a focus in Strength and Conditioning in 2017. She was a Graduate Teaching Associate and served as the Lab Director of the Human Performance Laboratory managing daily operations and overseeing all research projects. Her thesis examined the effects of different rest intervals following sled towing on acute sprint speed. Megan will be attending the PhD program at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales where she will investigate how maturity status and exercise stimulus influences the hormonal response to exercise in youth athletes. 

Jacob Mota, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017 Jake Mota

Jacob Mota is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is working on his PhD in Human Movement Science. Mota is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), and holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification. His research interests include examining the effects of aging, occupation, and strength training on neuromuscular performance.  

Ran Wang, University of Central Florida

2017 Ran Wang

Under the mentorship of Dr. Jay Hoffman and Dr. David Fukuda, Ran Wang recently received his Ph.D. degree from University of Central Florida. His main research interests include the assessment and evaluation for elite athletes, as well as the exercise and nutritional interventions for optimizing athletic performance. Ran was a recipient of the NSCA Foundation Challenge Scholarship last year and is thrilled to be awarded the NSCA Foundation Minority Scholarship.

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.

Carlos Estrada, Oklahoma State University

2017 Estrada Carlos

Carlos is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, Applied Health, and Recreation at Oklahoma State University, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Bert Jacobson.  He received an M.S. in Wellness Management-Exercise Science from The University of Central Oklahoma and a B.S Exercise Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as the American College of Sports Medicine, holding certifications as an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer.  His current research interests include neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training and sports performance.

Ian Dobbs, California State University, Fullerton

2017 Ian Dobbs

Ian was born and raised in southern California and was always involved in sports. He attended California State University, Northridge where he received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2015. He immediately acquired his CSCS and enrolled at California State University, Fullerton for his Masters degree with an emphasis in human performance. After 3 short semesters he completed his masters and will be attending Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales, UK in September 2017 for a Ph.D. in strength & conditioning. Ian’s goal is to become a university professor and remain involved with the NSCA throughout his career.

Mike Luera, Oklahoma State University

2017 Mike Luera

Mike is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation at Oklahoma State University, studying under the mentorship of Dr. Jason DeFreitas. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Exercise and Sport Sciences at Texas Tech University under Dr. David Stodden and Dr. Matt Stock. He currently teaches in the Physical Education and Coaching programs at OSU, where he enjoys mentoring future educators and coaches. His primary research interests include neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training and the biomechanical analysis of sports performance. 

Christopher Razo, Metropolitan State University of Denver

2017 Christopher Razo

My name is Christopher A. Razo. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado in the Bear Valley neighborhood.  At a very young age, my parents enrolled me in baseball, basketball, and soccer. Most of the time, I was playing sports year-round, and loved it!  It’s because of this upbringing that I developed a deep love for sports, and an intense passion for health and fitness. I feel fortunate that, through my education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and through opportunities like this from the NSCA, I will have the chance to turn my passion into my career. I am amazed at what the human movement system it Is capable of, and I look forward to my career as a strength and conditioning coach!

Women's Scholarship

Brittany Allman, Florida State University

2017 Brittany Allman

Brittany Allman is a Ph.D. candidate in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University and is CSCS certified.  Her research focuses on the effects of protein ingestion and resistance training on fat metabolism in women.  Outside of academia, Brittany is passionate about mentoring young women for success in higher education.  She practices jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.

Katie Hirsch, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017 Katie Hirsch

Katie Hirsch is a current doctoral student in the Human Movement Science Curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Working under the direction of Dr. Abbie Smith-Ryan in the Applied Physiology Laboratory, she conducts research in the areas of exercise, nutrition, and body composition in athletic and clinical populations. Katie is especially interested in exercise and nutritional interventions to improve body composition and metabolic health in women. Katie is a certified exercise physiologist (EP-C) with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and a certified sport nutritionist with the International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN). 

Crystal Chariton, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

2017 Crystal Chariton

Crystal is in her second year of the Doctor of Science program in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions under the mentorship of Dr. Mike Miller. Her research focuses on sport anxiety and athlete burnout, and she uses the quantitative and qualitative evidence to support her own personal experiences while she educates coaches and parents on these topics. Crystal is the owner of Alpha Human Performance and provides combination sessions of sports massage and training/coaching with her massage therapy license and CSCS.

Prior to attending RMUoHP, she interned as a strength and conditioning coach with BYU football under Coach Frank Wintrich and with WI men’s basketball under Coach Erik Helland. Before her internships, Crystal earned a great deal of experience as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach during grad school at the University of Northern Iowa. Most of her time was spent with UNI football under Coach Jed Smith, but she also worked with men’s basketball, women’s tennis, and the spirit squads. Additionally, Crystal spent time volunteering in the Exercise Science labs: biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology. She graduated from UNI in 2014 with a MA in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Psychology and from ISU in 2009 with a BS in Elementary Education and German.

Amelia Miramonti, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2017 Amelia Miramonti

Amelia Miramonti received a BS in Sport & Exercise Science and an MS in Applied Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is currently a third-year doctoral student in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln working with Dr. Joel Cramer.  Her current research interests include non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function with surface electromyography (EMG) and mechanomyography (MMG), and youth athletic performance.

Roksana Zak, University of Nebraska-Omaha

2017 Roksana Zak

Roksana Zak received her M.S. in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellow and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is currently a doctoral research assistant in the Exercise Physiology laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Omaha under the mentorship of Dr. Slivka. Roksana’s research interests include responses of human skeletal muscle to environmental stimuli, molecular basis of training, and optimizing sports performance. 

Kayla Baker, University of Central Florida

2017 Kayla Baker

Kayla Baker received her Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida while working as a graduate research assistant and teaching associate. She is entering her second year of the Doctoral program in Applied Exercise Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Jeanette Garcia. She is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Kayla’s research interests include physical activity in relation to mental and behavioral factors in adolescents and young adults.

Gena Gerstner, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2017 Gena Gerstner

Gena R. Gerstner, M.P.H., M.S., is a Ph.D. student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is training under the supervision of Eric D. Ryan, Ph.D. Her area of interest includes examining the influence of obesity and aging on neuromuscular function as well as examining performance measures in occupational populations. She has been an NCSA member since 2015 and has presented at the 2016 and 2017 National Conference.

Simone Morin, Springfield College

2017 Morin Simone

Simone Morin is a graduate student in the Strength and Conditioning Master’s program at Springfield College. She earned her BS in Applied Exercise Science in three years while playing softball at Springfield College. Morin is currently a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant at Springfield College. She is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and also holds certifications in USAW Level 1 and Precision Nutrition Level 1. Morin has interned at Quinnipiac University and the University of Kansas in her pursuit of a career as a Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Erica Marshall, Kent State University

2017 Erica marshall

Erica Marshall is currently studying Exercise Physiology as a doctoral student at Kent State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from John Carroll University and completed her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Akron. Erica is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her current research interest includes cardiovascular responses to traditional resistance exercise and blood flow restrictive exercise. 

Alyssa Varanoske, University of Central Florida

2017 Alyssa Varanoskey

Alyssa Varanoske is a doctoral student in Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida, studying under Dr. Jay Hoffman. Alyssa received her B.S. from the University of Connecticut in Exercise Science, with minors in Biological Sciences and Nutrition for Exercise and Sport. She received her M.S. from UCF in Applied Exercise Physiology. Alyssa is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, and she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Her research interests include assessing exercise interventions through muscle morphology, biochemistry, and performance measures, as well as optimizing sporting performance.

Jordan Fox, Central Queensland Universit

2017 Jordan Fox

Jordan is a first year PhD student, majoring in Human movement science at Central Queensland University, Australia. Her research focus is on player monitoring in team sports, with a particular interest in the use of micro-sensor technologies. Jordan is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA), Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA), and Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), as well as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS1) through ESSA.

High School Scholarship

Brandon McMinn, Rising Sun High School/Penn State University

2017 Brandon McMinn

Since 9th grade, sports medicine has been a great passion of mine after observing both my high school athletic trainer and a cousin that works in the field at the collegiate level.   My legacy is to combine my love for sport and medicine in support of physically challenged individuals by majoring in Athletic Training at Penn State.   I am a certified EMT and Lifeguard in my community and have the responsibility of caring for the sick and injured persons.   I also fulfil my commitments to my community as an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 143.  In high school, I was a member of the national honor society, marching band, and tennis and cross country team(s).  I am also a FAA private pilot.