South Dakota State University graduate student Claire Sylvestre won the Northland American College of Sports Medicine’s President's Cup at the Northland ACSM Spring Tutorial and Student Research Showcase. The event was held in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the campus of St. Catherine University.
Sylvestre, from Hopkins, Minnesota, is in her second year of pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise science. Her research project and presentation were titled, “Running Kinematics of Overweight and Obese Children.”
Students are judged on the quality of their written abstract, research poster and ability to field questions regarding their findings. The President’s Cup is the top prize in the graduate student category.
In addition, Gabrielle Langerud, a senior majoring in exercise science from Richmond, Minnesota, finished second in the undergraduate category for Most Outstanding Research Award.
Her project, “Kinematic Differences Between Overweight/Obese Children and Healthy Weight Children when Performing a Drop Jump,” was one of 38 entries.
Both projects were funded by South Dakota State’s Women and Giving program, which is administered by the SDSU Foundation.
Brad Bowser, an associate professor in the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences, said the chapter’s winner would normally present at the upcoming American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida, but Sylvestre is unavailable to do so. She will be presenting her findings later this summer at the American Society of Biomechanics and International Society of Biomechanics joint conference, held this year in Calgary, Alberta.
“The judges told me that when they compared her to the other students, Claire knew her abstract and was able to explain it very well, in addition to showing a lot of passion about the topic,” Bowser said, “I knew both projects had a lot of potential because there hasn’t been a lot of research in that area. A lot of our preliminary data indicated there were some major differences between the children. The whole idea was to try to find out what those differences are so we can address them and help reduce the risk for developing other injuries.”