James Madison University

Students Successful at SEACSM Annual Meeting

JMU students were very successful at the 2010 annual meeting of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) which was held February 11-13, 2010 in Greenville, SC.

Christine Nicewonger a first year Master's Kinesiology (Clinical Exercise Physiology) student presented her research during a special poster session at the meeting. Christine’s research abstract was originally selected as one of 10 finalists out of a pool of 23 abstracts submitted for the SEACSM Student Research Award in the Masters/Undergraduate category. On Thursday February 11th Christine’s presented her poster which was evaluated by a panel of judges who then selected it as the second best in the SEACSM Student Research Posters in the Masters/Undergraduate category. Christine’s study ―The Effect of Iron Supplementation During Menses on Iron Markers and Performance in Physically Active Females‖ was funded by the Morrison Bruce Center. This is the first time JMU student has achieved this level of recognition. It is important to note that some of the other student finalists in this category were from R1 institutions within the region.

In addition to Christine’s success in the research category she and her teammates Katelyn Guerriere (senior undergraduate Kinesiology (Exercise Science) major), and Mike Bronez (junior undergraduate Kinesiology (Exercise Science) major) won the SEACSM Student Bowl. This event involved 15 student teams (3 individuals per team) from throughout the region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). This is a first for JMU and now the students have the opportunity to represent the SEACSM chapter at the national competition in to be held in Baltimore at the annual ACSM meeting (June 2-5). Sean Andrew will be on the team as masters students are not allowed to compete at the national level.

A total of 8 JMU students attended the meeting. The program at the meeting included symposiums, tutorials, free communications (poster and oral presentations), a graduate student fair and the ―Jeopardy‖ style competition ―SEACSM Student Bowl‖. All of the JMU students represented the University with a high level of distinction and professionalism. As one of the faculty members in the Department who has worked closely with all of these students I am incredibly proud of their performance. However, it is my opinion that the students’ performance at the meeting is a testament of the dedication the Kinesiology faculty have to providing the best education we can for our students and thus we all deserve to be proud of their accomplishments.