ACSM Research Awards Give a Boost to Emerging Scientists
Recipients react with surprise, humility

Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, hands the gavel to Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM. ACSM’s 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 presidents jointly presented the ACSM Research Awards at the annual awards banquet at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
ACSM annually honors individuals who have excelled in health-related research with the Charles M. Tipton National Student Research Award, the New Investigator Award and the Visiting Scholar Award. To find out more about each award, including application eligibility and deadlines, visit the ACSM Grant, Scholarship, Award and Fellowship Opportunities page at the ACSM website.

Four emerging researchers were honored in Baltimore as 2010 recipients of ACSM Research Awards.

Charles M. Tipton National Student Research Award
Presented to the student with the most outstanding research project of the year. The extent of the student’s participation in the project weighs heavily into recipient selection. The award recipient receives complimentary registration, accommodations and airfare to that year’s ACSM Annual Meeting. The student is also honored at the ACSM Annual Awards Banquet.
  • Bruno Tesini Roseguini, M.S., from the University of Missouri, said at being named the recipient, “I was stunned and amazed. In the past three years [of being a graduate student], I came to appreciate Dr. Tipton’s legacy for exercise physiology, both as a researcher and especially as a mentor. I am certainly deeply honored to get an award that pays tribute to his achievements and integrity.” Mr. Roseguini encourages other students involved with ACSM to apply for the award because, as he puts it, “the rewards are obviously enormous.”
The New Investigator Awards
New investigators who make continuing contributions to advance the science and the practice of sports medicine and exercise science are eligible to apply. Recipients receive complimentary registration, accommodations and airfare to that year’s ACSM Annual Meeting and they are honored at the Awards Banquet.
  • Brian C. Clark, Ph.D, FACSM of Ohio University was shocked when he heard the news. He noted the work and accomplishments of previous award winners, saying “I felt very honored to be among their ranks – I also felt a bit nervous about following in the footsteps of these individuals.”
  • Kevin S. Heffernan, Ph.D., of the Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts, was also surprised at being named one of two recipients of the New Investigator award. Noting the competitive nature of the award, he said “To be selected as one of the winners from such an elite pool was truly an honor…Individuals who have received this award in the past have gone on to be some of the most influential people in ACSM…to be added to such a list was very humbling.”
Visiting Scholar Award
Presented to investigators who need further experience as independent researchers. The award provides financial support for the researcher to visit a clinic or laboratory of his/her choice to learn new and current techniques in exercise and sports medicine. Travel, financial support and laboratory supplies are provided to the recipient for up to six months.
    Moh H. Malek, Ph.D., FACSM, who recently joined Wayne State University in Michigan, will be visiting the Bristol Heart Institute of Bristol University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Malek is looking forward to learning “new information and techniques from one of the leading scientists in the area.”