Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award

The Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award is given in recognition of a researcher who has been in the field for seven years or less.

Congratulations to the 2021 winner!

James Tufano, PhD, CSCS,*D

James Tufano is currently an Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, where he teaches graduate courses in critical thinking, academic writing, and strength and conditioning. Although he would largely be described as a researcher who focuses on practical strength and conditioning topics, he enjoys supervising motivated research students who are truly interested in the scientific process and want to improve their critical thinking skills, regardless of their exact research interests. With this in mind, he trusts that having an open mind, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude not only shapes the future of the individual, but also benefits the team of people around. Thus, he is honored to accept this award from the NSCA, as their mission is to collectively link science and practice in a way that the strength and conditioning field continues to grow.

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Award Eligibility

Must be current member of the NSCA

Must have a minimum of two years consecutive membership* and three years total membership

Nominee is active member and contributor to NSCA

Working as sports scientist researcher

No more than 7 years have passed since the conferral of the nominee's Doctorate degree (PhD, MD degree, or equivalent)

Has not have previously won this award

*Consecutive membership is counted back from the date the award is to be conferred.

Additional requirements listed in the General Awards Criteria, include but not limited to, nominee must be nominated by a member in good standing and nominees will be sent a criteria sheet to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline. 

Past Award Recipients Include:

2020 - Gerald T. Mangine, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D  
2019 - Jonathan M. Oliver, PhD, CSCS*D Housh, Oliver, and Triplett 
2018 - Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins, PhD, CSCS and Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA  Haff, Jenkins, Housh, Schoenfeld
2017 - Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D  Haff, Lloyd, and Housh
2016 - David H. Fukuda, PhD, CSCS,*D  Haff, Fukuda, and Housh
2015 - Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FISSN  Award photo unavailable
2014 - Sophia Nimphius, PhD, CSCS,*D  Fleck, Nimphius, Housh
2013 - Jacob Wilson, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2012 - Del Pui-Lam Wong, DPhil, CSCS,*D  
2011 - Eric D. Ryan, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT  
2010 - Brian Schilling, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA and 
Moh H. Malek, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA
2009 - Jared W. Coburn, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA and Travis Beck, PhD  
2008 - William P. Ebben, PhD, CSCS,*D and 
Matthew R. Rhea, PhD, CSCS
2007 - Mike R. McGuigan, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
2006 - Jeffrey M. McBride, PhD, CSCS  
2005 - Nicholas A. Ratamess Jr., PhD, CSCS and Joel T. Cramer, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D  
2004 - Jeff S. Volek, PhD, RD  
2003 - Lee Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D  
2002 - Tammy K. Evetovich, PhD, CSCS  
2001 - G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, Jeffrey R. Stout, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA and Lymperis P. Koziris, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT  
2000 - Joseph P. Weir, PhD, FNSCA, Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, FNSCA and Travis Triplett-McBride, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
1999 - Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA  
1998 - Andrew Fry, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  

How is the recipient selected?

Excerpt from the NSCA Reaserch Committee Policies and Procedures (updated 7/2019):

  • Research-based awards governed by the Awards Subcommittee of the NSCA Research Committee govern the selection of the following awards, based on the 3 nominees (for each award) that will be forwarded to the Awards Subcommittee from Headquarters. Headquarters will be responsible for the initial assessment of the Award Criteria Sheet and include the following awards:
    • William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award
    • Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award
    • Nutritional Research Achievement Award
  • For the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award, Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award, and the Nutritional Research Award, all recipients are nominated by the NSCA membership through the online nomination system and/or by the Awards Subcommittee of the Research Committee. All nominees then are asked by the NSCA staff to submit relevant materials and all recipients are decided by a standardized scoring system. The top 3 nominees, based on the Awards Criteria Scoresheet will be forwarded to the Awards Subcommittee chair.
  • The Awards Subcommittee will organize and verify the top candidates meet the criteria (two separate reviews of each candidate).
  • The Chair of the Subcommitee will then produce a summary of each candidate that will include a brief description of the accomplishments of each candidate in the areas listed in the Awards Criteria Sheet (Publications in NSCA & Applied Exercise and Sport Science Publications, Presentations at NSCA and other Conventions, Certification/Education and Research-related service.
  • The summaries of the nominees will be sent to the entire RC and past award winners for a vote of the top awardee for each award. If a current member of the RC is nominated for an award, they will be recused from the voting process and all correspondence of that particular award, but are still eligible for nomination and award. If a current member of the RC is also a past winner they shall vote only as an RC member.
  • Voting will occur in a weighted manner with 40% contributed by past winners of the award and 60% weight given by RC members. As such, the total weight of the past winners (40%) will be divided by the number of past winners who agree to participate in the voting, and the resulting percent will contribute the weight of each past winners vote. Similarly, the total weight of the RC members (60%) will be divided by the number of Committee members (7), and the resulting percent (approximately 8.57%) will contribute the weight of each Committee member to the voting. The sum of the vote percentages from past winners and Committee members will determine the award winner.
  • The chair of the Awards subcommittee will keep record of the entire voting process and will then forward the selected winners for each award to the BOD. If there is a tie, two names for the award will be forwarded to the BOD recommended for dual recipients.
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