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5 research grants awarded to graduate students

Findings to be presented to NCAA Research Committee in fall 2018

The NCAA Research Committee has selected five proposals to fund in the 2017 cycle of the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program.

Now in its 12th 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 2018.

Funds were awarded to the following graduate students:

  • Brianna Anderson (Illinois). “That wasn’t in the playbook, Coach:” The impact of coaches’ identity and team climate on student-athlete development.
  • Tracie Canada (Virginia). Tackling the Everyday: Race, Family, and Nation in Big-Time College Football.
  • James Doorley (George Mason). Athlete Resilience as a Dynamic, Daily Process During the Highs and Lows of a Division I Season.
  • Stacy Nowak (Gallaudet). A Critical Multiple Case Study: Deaf Student-Athletes and Deaf Sports.
  • Anna Russian (Indiana). From Courts to Careers: Former Women Student-Athlete Transitions From College to Adulthood.

Research Committee chair Kurt Beron, the faculty athletics representative at Texas-Dallas, said the group received more than 60 proposals from graduate students throughout the country.

“We had some tough discussions to make over the summer culminating in the final selections made during our in-person meeting,” Beron said. “We are very excited about the research these grantees are undertaking and expect them to be both scholarly as well as useful to those involved with athletics.”

The 2018 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 academic advisement of student-athletes; the relationship between athletics’ time demands and academic success; 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.