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 2018 Award Co-winners:

Nathaniel D.M. Jenkins, PhD, CSCS

Nathaniel Jenkins received a B.A. (2011) in Exercise Science with a minor in Athletic Training from Messiah College, and a MS (2013) and PhD (2016) in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University with joint appointments in the School of Kinesiology, Applied Health and Recreation and the Department of Nutritional Sciences and is the Co-Director of the Applied Neuromuscular Physiology and the Human Metabolism and Physiology laboratories at OSU. Dr. Jenkins’ main research interests include the non-invasive assessment of neuromuscular function and motor unit behavior, 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 has published over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Frontiers in Physiology, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Experimental Gerontology, the European Journal of Applied Physiology, Lipids, the European Journal of Pharmacology, Muscle and Nerve, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Heart Association (AHA), and American Physiological Society (APS). He currently serves on the NSCA Research Committee and is recertified with distinction by the NSCA as both a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS,*D) and a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT,*D).

Brad J. Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, TSAC-F,*D, FNSCA

Brad Schoenfeld is an internationally renowned fitness professional and widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on body composition optimization. The 2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year is a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder who has won numerous natural bodybuilding titles. As a personal trainer, Schoenfeld has worked with numerous elite-level physique athletes, including many top pros. Also, he was elected to the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Board of Directors in 2012 and was the recipient of the 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitnss Award, presented by the United States Sports Academy for outstanding achievement in fitness and contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity..

Schoenfeld is the author of multiple consumer-oriented fitness books, including The M.A.X. Muscle Plan and Strong and Sculpted, as well as theseminal textook, Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy. He has been published or featured in virtually every major fitness magazine, and has appeared on hundreds of television shows and radio programs across the United States. Currently, he writes the "Ask the Muscle Doc" column for Bodybuilding.com.

Schoenfeld earned his masters degree in exercise science from the University of Texas Permian Basin and his PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University, where his research focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals, including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is an assistant professor of exercise science at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and heads their human performance laboratory. He also currently serves as Sports Nutritionist for the New Jersey Devils hockey organization.

Brad Schoenfeld

Award Eligibility

Be a current member for two consecutive years
Doctoral degree received seven or less years ago
Active and proven contributor to the NSCA
Working as a sports scientist researcher
Holds a junior, non-tenured faculty position
Has not previously won this award
Nominated by a current member

Additionally, nominees will need to fill out an evaluation criteria (PDF download) and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and supporting documentation to nominations@nsca.com. Qualifying nominees will also be asked for media/public relations/communication officer contact information, a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a short bio, Twitter handle (optional), and a signed media release.

Past Award Recipients Include:

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

How is the recipient selected?

Research Committee - Awards Subcommittee:

  1. Following a general membership call for nominees, the awards subcommittee will govern the selection of the following awards:
    • William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award
    • Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award
    • Nutritional Research Achievement Award
  2. Scoresheets from accepting nominees will be provided to the Awards Subcommittee, to be organized identifying the top 2-3 ranked nominees in each category.
  3. Produce the nomination list of the top candidates to the remainder of the RC and past winners of the award to vote on.
  4. Submit voted award winners to BOD.
  5. Any RC member that is nominated for an award is eligible, but must recuse themselves from all voting and correspondence once their nomination is known.
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