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Seven graduate student research grants funded

By Greg Johnson

The NCAA Research Committee and the Sports Science Institute have selected seven research proposals to fund as part of the 2013 cycle of the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.

The research grants are awarded to graduate students only and are intended to support them while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis or external publication.

Awards for these grants are set at a maximum of $7,500 for one-year projects. Recipients will be expected to culminate their project in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal, or in a completed master’s thesis or dissertation.

The Research Committee funded four proposals in the amount of $6,000. They were:

  • Sarah Hatteberg (Indiana University): The Student-Athlete Experience: An Analysis of Stress and Social Support in NCAA Collegiate Athletics.
  • Blakely Low (Texas Tech University): The Impact of Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment Approach on Psychological Functioning in Student-Athletes
  • Marie Stroman (University of Washington): Examining the Role of Intercollegiate Athletics Recruitment Practices on Men’s Lacrosse Student-Athletes: A Critical Look at the NCAA Division III Recruiting Model
  • Ethan Wilkes (Montana State University): Redshirting and Academic Performance: Evidence from NCAA Student-Athletes

The NCAA Sports Science Institute funded three proposals in the amount of $7,500. They were:

  • Lindsey McGuire (Temple University): Temporal Changes in Depression and Neurocognitive Performance in Male and Female Collegiate Student-Athletes: A Longitudinal Evaluation Pre- and Post-Concussion Injury
  • Ezra Smith (University of Arizona): Advanced EEG Assessment of Concussive and Sub-concussive Injury in College Athletes
  • Michelle Pitts (University of Nevada, Las Vegas): The Influence of Collegiate Softball Coaches on Alcohol Use of their Athletes

The NCAA Research Committee invites research proposals within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation.

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