members5.jpgStudent members are a vital part of GCMAS. As the clinicians, researchers, and thought leaders of the future, students engage directly with GCMAS’ missions to provide a forum for professional interaction and exchange of ideas and to promote education, stimulate research, and disseminate current knowledge and best practices to enhance human movement and health. Many of the society’s student-specific programs and materials are developed by the Education Council. In addition, the GCMAS Board of Directors appoints a student representative to act as a direct link between student members and the Board. The current Student Representative is Rachel Lenhart.

Student Travel Scholarship Program

Travel Scholarships are available to Student members of GCMAS who present their research at the annual meeting. This program is made possible through the generosity of the GCMAS membership and our sponsoring vendors. Applications will be reviewed by the GCMAS Education Council, and recipients will be selected based on their demonstrated potential to advance scientific knowledge, technical capabilities, and/or clinical practice in the field of human movement. Approximately 10 awards will be awarded to full-time students who submit an abstract to attend the annual meeting and complete the application. Additional information and the application form are available on the conference website or at the bottom of this page. Applications for the current year’s meeting are typically due in early February.

Past Recipients

Audrey Parent (University of Quebec, Montreal)
Divya Bhaskaran (University of Minnesota)
Casey Caniglia (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
Jesse Christensen (University of Utah)
Claudiane Fukuchi (Federal University of ABC, Brazil)
Emily Gerstle (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Johnathan Gustafson (University of Pittsburgh)
Liane Jean (University of Alberta, Canada)
Elizabeth Rapp (University of Delaware)
Swithin Razu (University of Missouri)
Kelsi Rempe (Des Moines University)
Meghan Teich (Medical College of Wisconsin)

Aline Araujo do Carmo (UNICAMP, Brazil)
Hwan Choi (University of Washington)
Derek Damrow (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Victoria Haggett (University of Delaware)
Kent Heberer (UCLA)
Chris Henderson (University of Delaware)
On-Yee Amy Lo (University of Oregon)
Kristen Nicholson (University of Delaware)
Annie Pouliot-Laforte (University of Quebec, Montreal)
Benjamin Shuman (University of Washington)
Matthew Varre (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Kate Worster (University of Colorado)

Lee Atkins (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Christine Aurit (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Amy Bucha (University of Delaware)
Jeffrey Cowley (University of Michigan)
Philippe Dixon (University of Oxford)
Susannah Engdahl (University of Michigan)
Hsinchen Fanchiang (Georgia State University)
Shanette Go (Mayo Medical and Graduate Schools)
Jocelyn Hafer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Kristan Leech (Northwestern University)
Rachel Lenhart (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Stephanie Russo (University of Delaware/Drexel University)
Shraddha Srivastava (University of Delaware)
Kate Worster (University of Colorado)

Cristine Agresta (Temple University)
Charalambos (Bobby) Charalambous (Medical University of South Carolina)
Patrick Curran (University of California, Davis)
Geoffrey Handsfield (University of Virginia)
Rachel Lenhart (University of Wisconsin)
Alice Mantoan (University of Padua, Venice)
Tyler Richardson (University of Deleware)
Stephanie Russo (University of Delaware and Drexel University)
Kristen Thomas (University of Delaware)
Julie Thompson (Ohio State University)
Meghan Vidt (Wake Forest University)

Shane Wurdeman (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
Neeta Kanekar (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Brooke Sanford (University of Memphis)
Tzu-wei Huang (University of Michigan)
Rachel Lenhart (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Kathrine Steele (Stanford)
Kathryn Havens (USC)
Stephanie Russo (University of Delaware, Drexel University)
Nathaniel Skinner (University of Michigan)
Robin Bauer (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Lydia Caldwell (University of Dayton)
Nalini Vishnoi (George Mason University)

Katherine Steele (Stanford)
Jennifer Yentes (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
Shaun Hager (University of Delaware)
Amy Lenz (University of Delaware)
Carrie Francis (University of Wisconsin)
Lynn Bar-On (University of Leuven)
Neil Huben (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
Patricia McAndrew Young (University of Texas)
David Arpin (University of Nebraska at Omaha)
Kota Takahashi (University of Delaware)

Jennifer Hicks (Stanford University)
Pieter Meyens (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium)
Carolyn Roposh (University of Melbourne)
Prabbay Saraswat (Drexel University)
Katherine Steele (Stanford University)
Leen Van Gestel (Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium)
Nalini Vishnoi (George Mason University)
Ruoli Wang (Roual Institute of Tech, Sweden)
Jennifer Yentes (University of Nebraska at Omaha)

student travel scholarship application (2013).docx

Kevin Granata Young Investigator Award

The student or postdoctoral trainee who gives the most outstanding oral presentation at the annual meeting (as judged by the Awards Council) will be awarded the Kevin Granata Award. This award for young investigators comes with a certificate and funds ($1000) that the recipient may use to attend the following year’s meeting. All students and postdoctoral trainees who are members of GCMAS are eligible, and will be automatically considered for this award based on their participation at the annual meeting.

Please note that you must be a current GCMAS Student or Trainee member at the time of abstract submission to be considered.

Past Recipients

2016 Jonathan Gustafson
2015 Rachel Lenhart
2014 Rachel Lenhart
2013 Geoffrey Handsfield
2012 Kat Steele
2011 Kota Takahashi
2010 Melanie Fox
2009 Melanie Fox
2008 Brooke Slavens

Student Roommate Finder

Students that are interested in locating a roommate to share a hotel room should contact the student representative after abstract notifications have been received. Please provide him/her with the following information:

  • Your name and gender
  • Email address and phone number
  • Your planned arrival date and departure dates in Portland
  • Roommate preferences: How many people you would like to share a room with (i.e. 1, 2 or 3)?, Smoking/Nonsmoking? etc.
  • Please also provide contact information for a faculty advisor who can serve as a personal reference.

Roughly two months before the meeting, we will provide you with a list of potential roommates. Once you have received information regarding potential roommates, it will be your responsibility to contact each other and make hotel arrangements. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the student rep.

This is provided by GCMAS as a service to students attending the annual conference. GCMAS assumes no responsibility for communications, which arise from those postings. GCMAS also assumes no financial responsibility for any arrangements made through this service. We cannot verify the accuracy of any contact information within these postings, and we take no responsibility for screening or matching prospective roommates. We encourage you to make arrangements with conference attendees you know personally, or whose identities can be verified by third parties.

Tutorials/Career Symposium

Tutorials are offered to students at a discounted rate, and in some cases at no cost to the student. However, due to funding and grant monies, this cannot always be guaranteed. In any case, tutorials are an excellent way to learn about a new topic, methodology or technology. Tutorials have included discussions on the use of inertial movement sensors, nonlinear mathematical tools, EMG processing, and so forth.

Each year, a strong effort is made to provide a “student” relative tutorial. This could be a career symposium, grant writing workshop, or mentoring discussion. Students are highly encouraged to attend the meeting on Wednesday and participate in the tutorials.

Student Mixer

GCMAS Student MixerSince 2009, the GCMAS Education Council has organized an hour-long student mixer prior to the Opening Reception on Wednesday evening. This is an informal gathering to encourage students to meet other students, professionals and other senior researchers. This has always been a well-attended event and all are encouraged to participate. An RSVP is needed when you register for the conference.

Student Mentorship Program

Since 2009, the GCMAS Education Council has organized a mentorship program in which student mentees are matched with a volunteer mentor based on mutual research interests and the student’s desired career path. The goal of this program is to facilitate dialog among students and professionals in a supportive manner, where knowledge, skills, and experiences are shared, and where networking relationships are cultivated. Typically, mentors and mentees meet over lunch or during a scheduled break at the annual meeting. The mentee is HIGHLY encouraged to contact their designated mentor prior to the annual meeting to schedule a time and place to meet. Failure to do this typically results in a less productive meeting between mentor and mentee. Mentees are informed of their matched mentor about one month prior to the meeting.

Individuals who would like to participate in this program at the annual meeting are encouraged to contact the current Education Chair for more information. Typically a notice of this program will be posted on the conference website and sent to students through email. Mentors are always needed; you may indicate your interest in being a mentor through the meeting registration process.

Articles Relevant to Student Members

GCMAS is pleased to provide this selection of articles relevant to Student Members, compiled from mass media and the peer reviewed literature. Topics include Grant Writing, Mentorship, Interviewing, Teaching, Employment, and Research. Due to copyright restrictions we cannot post the full content of these articles on the society website. We have provided extensive source information which should allow the retrieval of these articles through library loan or online methods.

student article compilation.pdf

Force and Motion Foundation Student Grants

The Force and Motion Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fully funded by AMTI, to support students in fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testing. The Foundation also serves as creator and curator of the Virtual Poster Session, an international resource for information exchange and networking within the academic community

They award more than $40,000 in travel and academic scholarships to promising U.S. and international graduate students every year. The Force and Motion Foundation would like to make these scholarships more known and available for students to access and apply.

More information, as well as application steps, can be viewed at

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