Two Auburn University students recently received honors at the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting.
Ryleigh Randall, a junior from Anniston, Alabama, received a First Time Presenter Award—a travel grant that allowed her to attend the conference and present her research to others in the field.
“It was a great experience getting to present my research and talk to people who had been in the field,” Randall said.
Randall is majoring in laboratory science in the College of Sciences and Mathematics but is conducting research under School of Kinesiology Professor Andreas Kavazis. She presented on “Mitochondrial Network Dynamics and the Impact of Lactation.”
“Ryleigh has been an extremely fast learner and quickly picked up on laboratory techniques,” Kavazis said.
She plans to go to medical school and also work toward a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology.
Kinesiology doctoral student Dulce Gomez was elected to be one of two regional chapter student representatives for the organization. She will hold the role for two years.
“I am ecstatic to take part as one of the student representatives,” she said. “Having the opportunity to assist in the preparation for the upcoming conferences will allow me to further appreciate the time and effort our chapter puts forth to create a great conference. I also hope to do my part in further engaging our student population at our conferences.”
Gomez won first place during a Rapid Research Race Competition held at the meeting. The competition challenged professors and grad students to present on a specific project in two minutes. Gomez presented on the potential racial differences in mitochondrial function that can contribute to endothelial disfunction. Gomez worked with Kavazis on this project, as well as with her advisor, Kinesiology Professor Michael Brown.
Photo: Ryleigh Randall (left) and Dulce Gomez (right)