ESSM Students Win Research Competition
by Emily Hart
Samford University exercise science and sports medicine students Kara Hardin and Derrick Thomas earned first place for undergraduate research at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in Greenville, S.C. Feb. 3-5.
Hardin and Thomas were awarded the top prize for their research on age-related clustering of Type I muscle fibers in humans. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine department chair Alan Jung noted that the two were in competition against research projects Auburn, North Carolina, Elon, Appalachian State universities and many other schools from the Southeastern region.
“I was elated,” Hardin said. “I was also excited for our department, Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Department. Our professors, Dr. John Petrella, Dr. Alan Jung, and Dr. Rob Hensarling have worked countless hours with us in order for us to succeed. Without their support this award or entire research process could not have been possible. This award not only represents our work but also the work of our department.”