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Awards & Scholarships

Student Scholarships

The NEACSM provides many opportunities to support professional development and

student engagement and achievement!

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  • The New Investigator Award invests in the future of sports medicine and exercise science by offering a defined research underwriting opportunity to our junior professional members. The call for applications comes out in June and closes in early August. The award is $2,500 and winners must be current NEACSM members. 

  • The Honor Award recognizes a professional member who has provided significant contributions to both NEACSM and the field of exercise science. It is the highest honor bestowed by the chapter. Nominations are requested in May and are due by early July. 

  • The Undergraduate Research Experience Grants (2) highlight professional and academic excellence in undergraduate students attending non-R1: Doctoral University institutions in the New England states. They can be used to help fund research or offset expenses associated with presenting the research at an NEACSM Annual Fall Conference. The call for applications comes out in late January and closes in late March. The grants are $1,000 each and winners must be current NEACSM members.

  • NEACSM Scholarships celebrate student achievement in a variety of ways. The call for applications comes out in March and closes in late June. All scholarships are $1,000 each and winners must be current NEACSM members.

    • The Robert S. Axtell Undergraduate Scholarship Award supports and encourages professional involvement and academic excellence in undergraduate students in the New England region.

    • The Mark Connolly Memorial Masters Scholarship Award supports and encourages professional involvement and academic excellence in Masters students in the New England region. 

    • The Linda Pescatello Doctoral Scholarship Award supports and encourages professional development and academic excellence in Doctoral students in the New England region.

    • The Lawrence E. Armstrong Minority Scholarship Award supports and encourages professional development and academic excellence in students of color in the New England region.

    • The Donna Murphy Service Award recognizes an outstanding student who demonstrates extraordinary and sustained service to a genuine and worthy cause.

  • Student Investigator Awards (3) ​acknowledge the top competitors in Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Free Communications abstracts at the annual fall conference. The call for abstract submissions goes out in March, closes in September, and are judged and awarded in October at the fall conference. The prizes are $500 each and winners must be NEACSM members.

    • The President's Cup is awarded to the top graduate student competitor in the Free Communications abstracts at the annual fall conference. The call for abstract submissions goes out in March, closes in September, and are judged and awarded in October at the fall conference. The prize is $1,200 and the winner must be an NEACSM member.

Apply for the 2024 Undergraduate Research Experience Grants!

Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2024

This scholarship is designed to highlight professional and academic excellence in undergraduate students attending non-R1: Doctoral University institutions in the New England states that have a strong emphasis on teaching but often lack the resources to support research activities. The scholarship can be used to either help fund research
or offset the expenses associated with presenting the research at the NEACSM Annual Fall Conference. Scholarship funds designated toward the research process must support student-engaged work. 

Grant winners will receive an award of $1,000 in June 2024 and be recognized at the NEACSM Annual Fall Conference in October 2024. Grant recipients are required to present the outcomes of their research experience at an NEACSM meeting.

All applications must be accompanied by the NEACSM cover sheet and be received at the NEACSM office via email by Friday, March 22, 2024. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered (this includes the letter of support provided by the faculty research advisor). 

Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners! Winners were announced at the Fall Conference on Oct. 12, 2023.

2023 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Linda S. Pescatello 2023 Doctoral Scholarship: Sungwan Kim, University of Connecticut

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2023 Masters Scholarship: Zach Bukowski, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Robert S. Axtell 2023 Undergraduate Scholarship: Amanda Ares, University of New Hampshire

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2023 Minority Scholarship: Samuel Darko, Central Connecticut State University

  • Donna Murphy 2023 Service Scholarship: Isabella Galdamez, Central Connecticut State University

  • 2023 Honor Award: Melissa Roti, PhD, Westfield State University

  • 2023 President’s Award: Marisa Hastie, EdD

  • 2023 New Investigator Award: Michelle Pebole, Phd, Harvard Medical School

  • 2023 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Kaitlyn Kleeman, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • 2023 Student Investigator Masters Award: Nehemiah Wilson, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

  • 2023 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Jacob Bowie, University of Connecticut

  • 2023 College Bowl Champion: University of New Hampshire - Ryan Bonitatibus, Rachel Simmons, Allie Petry 

  • 2023 Undergraduate Research Award: Isabella Galdamez, Central Connecticut State University

  • 2023 Undergraduate Research Award: Sarah Kulpa, University of Hartford

  • 2023 President's Cup: Luke Arieta, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2022 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Linda S. Pescatello 2022 Doctoral Scholarship: Khara James, Northeastern University

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2022 Masters Scholarship: Zoe Smith, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2022 Undergraduate Scholarship: Emily Waite, University of New Hampshire

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2022 Minority Scholarship: Marcos Amalbert-Birriel, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Donna Murphy 2022 Service Scholarship: Adrianna Keener-DeNoia, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • NEACSM 2022 Honor Award: Paul Gallo, EdD, Norwalk Community College

  • NEACSM 2022 President’s Award: Colleen Munoz, PhD

  • NEACSM 2022 New Investigator Award: David J. Cornell, DPT, PhD, University of Massachusetts - Lowell

  • NEACSM 2022 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Violet Sullivan, University of New Hampshire

  • NEACSM 2022 Student Investigator Masters Award: Phillip Woods, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

  • NEACSM 2022 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Anna Wadhwa, Harvard Medical School

  • NEACSM 2022 College Bowl Champion: University of New England - Jon Chappel, Lindsay Smith, Kyle Poulin 

  • NEACSM 2022 Undergraduate Research Award: Ali Dresser, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2022 Undergraduate Research Award: Andreas Himariotis, University of Massachusetts - Lowell

  • NEACSM 2022 President's Cup: Philip Woods, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

2021 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Linda S. Pescatello 2021 Doctoral Scholarship: John Chase, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2021 Masters Scholarship: Nicholas Remillard, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2021 Undergraduate Scholarship: Payton Lynch, Springfield College

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2021 Minority Scholarship: Marilyn Vazquez, Springfield College

  • Donna Murphy 2021 Service Scholarship: Violet Sullivan, University of New Hampshire

  • NEACSM 2021 Honor Award: Wayne Westcott, PhD, Quincy College

  • NEACSM 2021 President’s Award: Elizabeth O'Neill, DPE

  • NEACSM 2021 New Investigator Award: Brett Ely, PhD, Salem State University

  • NEACSM 2021 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Karli Stroshine, University of New England 

  • NEACSM 2021 Student Investigator Masters Award: Zoe Smith, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

  • NEACSM 2021 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Khara James, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2021 College Bowl Champion: University of New England - Ellie Dekker, Ty Wilhelmsen, Jared Duffy 

  • NEACSM 2021 Undergraduate Research Award: Karli Stroshine, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2021 Undergraduate Research Award: Olivia Elie, Westfield State University

  • NEACSM 2021 President's Cup: Khara James, Northeastern University

2020 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Linda S. Pescatello 2020 Doctoral Scholarship: Robert T. Marcotte, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2020 Masters Scholarship: Ciara Manning, University of Connecticut

  • Robert S. Axtell 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship: Zachary Racow, Springfield College

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2020 Minority Scholarship: Joseph A. Gordon III, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Donna Murphy 2020 Service Scholarship: unawarded

  • NEACSM 2020 Honor Award: Samuel Headley, PhD

  • NEACSM 2020 President’s Award: Paul Gallo, PhD

  • NEACSM 2020 New Investigator Award: James W. Whitworth, PhD, Boston University

  • NEACSM 2020 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Andreas T. Himariotis, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

  • NEACSM 2020 Student Investigator Masters Award: Nicole Bajdek Emmons, University of Massachusetts, Boston

  • NEACSM 2020 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Ashley M. Goodwin, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • NEACSM 2020 College Bowl Champion: unawarded due to cancelled in-person event

    • Springfield College (2019 winner) will represent NEACSM at ACSM 2021 National Conference

  • NEACSM 2020 Undergraduate Research Award: Sarah Seron, Smith College

  • NEACSM 2020 Undergraduate Research Award: Christopher Havens, Salem State University

  • NEACSM 2020 President's Cup: Ashley M. Goodwin, Teachers College, Columbia University 

2019 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Linda S. Pescatello 2019 Doctoral Scholarship: Greg Panza, University of Connecticut

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2019 Masters Scholarship: Colleen Sands, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship: Monique Forte, Springfield College

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2019 Minority Scholarship: Robert Marcotte, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Donna Murphy 2019 Service Scholarship: Nicole Batista, Southern Connecticut State University​

  • NEACSM 2019 Honor Award: Douglas Casa, PhD

  • NEACSM 2019 President’s Award: Dain LaRoche, PhD

  • NEACSM 2019 New Investigator Award: Tanya J. Benitez, PhD, Brown University

  • NEACSM 2019 College Bowl Champion: Springfield College

    • Declan Morrissey, Monique Forte, and Harrison Korzenowski

  • NEACSM 2019 Undergraduate Research Award: Kaylyn Stewart, Merrimack College

  • NEACSM 2019 Undergraduate Research Award: Christopher Havens, Salem State University

  • NEACSM 2019 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Nicholas Remillard

  • NEACSM 2019 Student Investigator Masters Award: Dina Pitsas

  • NEACSM 2019 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Jay Porter

  • NEACSM 2019 President’s Cup: Michelle Stehman  

2018 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • David N. Camaione 2018 Doctoral Scholarship: Sarah Burkhart, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2018 Masters Scholarship: Christopher Moore, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2018 Undergraduate Scholarship: Emily Sargent, Central Connecticut State University

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2018 Minority Scholarship: Yasuki Sekiguchi, University of Connecticut

  • Donna Murphy 2018 Service Scholarship: Amanda Zaleski, University of Connecticut​

  • NEACSM 2018 Honor Award: MaryJane de Souza, PhD

  • NEACSM 2018 President’s Award: Jason Melnyk, PhD

  • NEACSM 2018 New Investigator Award: Huimin Yan, PhD, University of Massachusetts - Boston

  • NEACSM 2018 College Bowl Champion: University of Massachusetts - Amherst

    • Kali Shamaly, Patrycja Bugajska, and Matthew Conlon

  • NEACSM 2018 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Francis Gesel, University of New Hampshire

  • NEACSM 2018 Student Investigator Masters Award: Aurora Foster, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • NEACSM 2018 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Christine St. Laurent, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • NEACSM 2018 President’s Cup: Christine St. Laurent, University of Massachusetts - Amherst  

2017 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • David N. Camaione 2017 Doctoral Scholarship: Brittany Masteller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2017 Masters Scholarship: Greg Petrucci, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2017 Undergraduate Scholarship: Mikaela Frechette, University of New Hampshire

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2017 Minority Scholarship: Melanna Cox, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • Donna Murphy 2017 Service Scholarship: Albino Schifino, Central Connecticut State University

  • NEACSM 2017 Undergraduate Research Award: Kara Hecker, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2017 Honor Award: Sean Walsh, PhD

  • NEACSM 2017 President’s Award: Janet Whatley Blum, ScD

  • NEACSM 2017 New Investigator Award: Christie Ward-Ritacco, PhD, University of Rhode Island

  • NEACSM 2017 College Bowl Champion: Central Connecticut State University – Emily Sargent, Taylor Pelletier, Natalia Tamjid

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Dhanya Kumar, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Masters Award: Julia D. Meihm, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • NEACSM 2017 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Sarah Burkart, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

  • NEACSM 2017 President’s Cup: Corinna Serviente, University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • David N. Camaione 2016 Doctoral Scholarship: Jocelyn Hafer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2016 Masters Scholarship: Corinna Serviente, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2016 Undergraduate Scholarship: Stephanie Ostrowski, University of New England

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2016 Minority Scholarship: Brittany Masteller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Donna Murphy 2016 Service Scholarship: Jonathan Petrocelli, Central Connecticut State University

  • NEACSM 2016 Undergraduate Research Award: Albino Schifino, Central Connecticut State University

  • NEACSM 2016 Undergraduate Research Award: Stephanie Ostrowski, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2016 Undergraduate Research Award: Gabriella Narowska, Quinnipiac University

  • NEACSM 2016 Honor Award: Jaci Van Heest, PhD

  • NEACSM 2016 President’s Award: Melissa Roti, PhD

  • NEACSM 2016 New Investigator Award: Garret Ash, Ph.D., Yale University

  • NEACSM 2016 College Bowl Champion: University of Massachusetts, Boston – Sean Derby-Kilfoyle, Tri Vo, Lindsay Breidel

  • NEACSM 2016 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Albino Schifino, Central Connecticut State University

  • NEACSM 2016 Student Investigator Masters Award: Erica Castro, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • NEACSM 2016 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Andrea Duran, Columbia University Medical Center

  • NEACSM 2016 President’s Cup: Katherine Hayes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2015 Scholarship Award Recipients

  • David N. Camaione 2015 Doctoral Scholarship: Katherine LaBarbera, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Mark Connolly Memorial 2015 Masters Scholarship: Sarah Burkart, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Robert S. Axtell 2015 Undergraduate Scholarship: Emily Anne Larson, University of New Hampshire

  • Lawrence E. Armstrong 2015 Minority Scholarship: Yuri Hosokawa, University of Connecticut

  • Donna Murphy 2015 Service Scholarship: Christine Greenwood, Central Connecticut State University

  • NEACSM 2015 Undergraduate Research Award: Lexie Basiliere, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2015 Undergraduate Research Award: Kaylee Pobocik, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2015 Undergraduate Research Award: Mallory Morin, University of New England

  • NEACSM 2015 Honor Award: William Kraemer, PhD

  • NEACSM 2015 President’s Award: Lara Carlson, PhD

  • NEACSM 2015 New Investigator Award: Lindsey K. Lepley, University of Connecticut

  • NEACSM 2015 College Bowl Champion: Norwalk Community College

  • NEACSM 2015 Student Investigator Undergraduate Award: Emily Larson, University of New Hampshire

  • NEACSM 2015 Student Investigator Masters Award: Erica Hartman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • NEACSM 2015 Student Investigator Doctoral Award: Nina Moore, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • NEACSM 2015 President’s Cup: Cory Greever, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • DuPont Grant: Allison Derosier, Southern Connecticut State University

Student Scholarship Recipient History: 1986-2014

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