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Research grants awarded to 5 graduate students

Findings to be presented to the NCAA Research Committee in fall 2020

The NCAA Research Committee has selected five research proposals to fund in the 2019 cycle of the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.

Now in its 14th year, the program is aimed at stimulating research on college sports by providing financial support to graduate students in social and behavioral science fields.

Their work will help inform NCAA member schools and the public on key topics by introducing new studies to the field. Awards for these one-time grants are set at a maximum of $7,500. Recipients are expected to culminate their project in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal or in a completed thesis or dissertation. They will be invited to present their findings to the NCAA Research Committee members in fall 2020.

Grants were awarded to the following graduate students:

  • Scott Graupensperger, Penn State. Staying ahead of the curve: A dynamic norms approach to reduce alcohol use intentions and behaviors in student-athletes.  
  • Ashley Kuchar, Texas. Bouncing back from failure: A self-compassion intervention with NCAA student-athletes.
  • Kaitlin Pericak, Miami (Florida). The thrill of victory, the agony of injury: Social support among injured college athletes. 
  • Miray Seward, Virginia. Exploring the lived experiences of Division I black women student-athletes.
  • Christian Vazquez, Texas. An examination of barriers related to recruiting student-athletes from low socioeconomic backgrounds: Insights from Division I recruiters. 

Research Committee chair Adrienne Ridgeway of Marquette noted the following about the grant process: “Each year selecting which grant proposals to fund is a challenge. Moreover, it is a process only made more difficult by the quality of the proposals submitted and the potential that each proposal has to contribute to knowledge, policy and practice. With the valued contributions of each committee member, we were able to identify five proposals with quality research design and the potential for lasting educational value for stakeholders in college sports.” 

The 2020 call for proposals will be released in February, with proposals due in May. The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the impact of participation in athletics on the academic or social experiences of student-athletes; best practices for the academic advisement of student-athletes; the relationship between academic success and the time demands of athletics; student-athlete integration into the campus community; the relationship between athletics department finances and on-field success; student-athlete satisfaction with the college experience; and student-athlete mental health and well-being.