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2014 Grimes Competition - Supporting and Honoring Undergraduate Research

2014 Grimes Competition

On Friday, April 25, 2014 the College of Health and Human Services held its Grimes Undergraduate Research Competition in Pettee Hall G10 and 106.  The competition is an annual event that celebrates undergraduate student research.  It is made possible through the generosity of Jack and Marianna Grimes, who along with their children, Terese and Jay, are graduates of UNH.  They established a fund to support the competition in 1999 as a way to promote research excellence.

The event started with a keynote presentation from last year’s Grimes Family Fund winner Madeline Allen of the Kinesiology: Exercise Science Department.  Her presentation was entitled “Short-Term Adaptations to Resistance Training in Older Adults.”  Madeline’s faculty mentor was Assistant Professor Summer Cook. 

After the keynote, 14 CHHS Grimes Competition students presented their research.  For the first time this year, the event was judged by members of the CHHS Development Board (Jennifer Decker, Shelley Murray, Sue Pepin) and at the end of the event the first and second place winners were given monetary awards.

Below are this year’s participants:

 

First place winners:

Mary Holleran, OT Grimes Winner

 

 

Mary Holleran, Occupational Therapy – Mary’s presentation was entitled “Middle School Girls’ Friendship Preferences:  Attitudes towards Girls who are Obese.”  Her faculty mentor was Associate Professor Kerryellen Vroman

 

 

 

 

Tyler Whealan, Grimes Winner

 

 

 

Tyler Whealan, Kinesiology: Exercise Science – Tyler’s presentation was entitled “Cervical Spine Motion During Emergency Football Shoulder Pad Removal.”  Professor Erik Swartz was his faculty mentor.

 

 

 

 

 

The first place winners received a $1,000 award.

 

Second place winners:

Tonimarie Black, Grimes Winner

 

 

 

 

Tonimarie Black, Health Management and Policy – Tonimarie’s presentation was entitled “A Tale of Two Tails: Factors Associated with Access to Care for Children in Cross-border Appalachian States.”  Her faculty mentor was Associate Professor Bob McGrath.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Gagnon, Grimes Winner

 

 

 

Sam Gagnon, Kinesiology: Exercise Science – Sam’s presentation was entitled “The Relationship of Quadriceps Power and Physical Functioning in Older Adults.”  Assistant Professor Summer Cook was his faculty mentor.

 

 

 

 

The second place winners were given a $700 award.

 

Also participating in this year’s event:

Muscle Size and Specific Force along the Length of the Quadriceps in Older and Young Men and Women”
Hannah Barile
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Summer Cook

“Animal Assisted Therapy:  Motives and Rewards”
Kailee Collins
Occupational Therapy
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Kerryellen Vroman

“Comparison of Fourier and Wavelet Transforms on SEMG Frequency Spectra during Rapid Fatiguing Muscular Contractions”
Amber Craft
Kinesiology: Athletic Training
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Ron Croce

“Muscle Strength and Activation Influence Gait Speed in Older Adults”
Katherine Fischer
Kinesiology:  Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Dain LaRoche

“Exploration of Reported Social Engagement and Observed Quality of Social Interaction for Youth in Transition with an Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Emily Guild
Occupational Therapy
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Lou Ann Griswold

“Examining and Promoting the Role of Assistive Technology in Work Place for Individuals with Disabilities”
Kasey Lesner
Occupational Therapy
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Sajay Arthanat

“Strength and Hypertrophic Changes Following 3 Months of Resistance Training in Older Adults”
Ashley Meyer
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Summer Cook

“The Effects of Resistance Training on Preferred Walking Speed in Older Adults”
Jacob Moyer
Kinesiology: Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Summer Cook

“The Effects of Blood Flow Restricted Resistance Training on Muscle Size and Strength in Older Adults”
Jesse Schwartz
Kinesiology/Exercise Science
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Summer Cook

“The 4-H Essential Elements:  Evaluation of Program Implementation and Evidence of Impact”
Ann Steeves
Health Management and Policy
Faculty Mentor:  Prof. Robert McGrath

 

 

 

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