Published on March 9, 2022 by Sara Roman  

Forty-two Samford University Kinesiology students traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to present their research at the 2022 Southeast American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) annual conference. 

Collectively, the students presented 16 poster presentations and two oral presentations with two teams placing in the top eight. Ashleigh Davis, senior exercise science major, and Ashley Rice, senior sports medicine major, placed third overall for their poster presentation, “Effects of Acute Beetroot Juice Ingestion on Reactive Agility Performance.”

“Opportunities like this enhance the Samford student experience,” said John Petrella, professor and Department of Kinesiology chair. “Students hone their public speaking skills but also garner experience preparing their work and research for public consumption. Conferences also provide a wonderful opportunity for students to network with professionals and like-minded students. We are extremely proud of the way our students represented Samford and the outcomes they achieved.”

Students also participated in the conference’s Quiz Bowl. The team comprised of students Megan Barnes, junior sports medicine major, Carlie Hay, junior exercise science major, and Hannah Thigpen, senior health sciences major, placed third in the competition out of 32 teams from across the southeast region.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.