Undergraduate Research Awards Abound in Kinesiology

May 10, 2019


The Office of Undergraduate Research recently awarded its 2019-2020 fellowship recipients. The School of Kinesiology in the College of Education will have 14 students conducting research in their labs. About half of the students are Kinesiology majors, and the other half are from the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the College of Liberal Arts. Here is a list of the award recipients and their respective mentor in the School of Kinesiology. Below is a description of their research by laboratory.

Katie Corona (KINE) – Jaimie Roper, Ph.D.
Caroline Kirkham (KINE) – Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D.
Robert McLaughlin (KINE) – Christopher Wilburn, Ph.D.
Ryleigh Randall (COSAM) – Andreas Kavazis, Ph.D.
Kathryn Riis (KINE) – Christopher Wilburn, Ph.D.
Carley Wilson (KINE) – Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D.
Alanis Smith () – Kristina Neely, Ph.D.
Angela Burns (COSAM) – JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D.
Abigail Campbell (COSAM) – JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D.
Sarah Dolinger (COSAM) – Melissa Pangelinan, Ph.D.
Sierra Jacobs (SGCOE) – Jaimie Roper, Ph.D.
Johann Phan (SGCOE) – Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D.
Jacob Stotser (SGCOE) – Jaimie Roper, Ph.D.
Victoria Zona (CLA) – Matthew Miller, Ph.D.

Description of Research Projects Listed by Laboratory:

Brain and Behavior Lab (Dr. Neely)
Alanis Smith (Junior, Integrative Biology) – Alanis will investigate how the brain controls voluntary movements in healthy people, as well as in people with psychiatric or neurological disorders. She aims to understand how cognitive functions, such as inhibitory control and attention, influence motor output.

Locomotor and Movement Control Lab (Dr. Roper)
Katie Corona (Senior, Exercise Science) – Katie was awarded a Summer Kinesiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will investigate the influence of ACL reconstruction on lower extremity mechanics during uphill and downhill running.

Sierra Jacobs (Senior, Engineering) – Sierra was awarded a Summer and Fall Kinesiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will investigate how individuals perform a jump landing task concurrently with a cognitive task. This work seeks to inform “pre-habilitation” and will also target injury prevention.

Jacob Stotser (Senior, Mechanical Engineering) – Jacob was awarded a Summer, Fall, and Spring Kinesiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He will develop a novel, custom treadmill software that delivers “slip” and “trip” perturbations. This work will be used to better understand mobility in populations at risk for falling.

Muscle Biochemistry Lab (Dr. Kavazis)
Ryleigh Randall (Junior, Laboratory Science) – Ryleigh’s Awarded a Summer/Fall/Spring College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will study the role of autophagy and mitochondrial fission and fusion rates and how it relates to female reproductive health.
research project will focus on the effects of lactation on skeletal muscle and liver tissue metabolism, specifically the involvement of ER stress, autophagy, and mitochondrial fission and fusion, all of which have previously been shown to be a part of normal physiological function, but also the development of diseases. Ryleigh will work under the supervision of doctoral student Hailey Parry in Dr. Andreas Kavazis’ Mitochondrial Biochemistry Lab. She hopes to gain experience in mitochondrial myopathies and other related disorders.

Neuromechanics Lab/Warrior Research Center (Dr. Sefton)
Abigail Campbell (Junior, Biomedical Sciences) – Abigail was awarded a Fall and Spring College of Science and Math Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be investigating the relationship between external temperature and core body temperature, physical activity, and cognitive activity in firefighters.

Angela Burns (Sophomore, Biomedical Sciences) – Angela was awarded a Fall and Spring College of Science and Math Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be using a controlled heat chamber and a series of exercises in order to study a firefighter’s physiological response to exercise and heat. The goal of these studies is to develop a work-to-rest plan for Auburn Firefighters working in fires, recovery, or during evacuation operations.

Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity (Dr. Pangelinan)
Carley Wilson (Sophomore, Physical Activity & Health) – Carley was awarded a Fall and Spring College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be examining the relationship between physical activity during the day and sleep outcomes at night in individuals with developmental disabilities participating in adapted sport programs. Her project will identify the impact of mediating factors such as age, disability type, medications, and behavior on the relationship between physical activity and sleep.

Sarah Dolinger (Junior, Biomedical Sciences) – Sarah was awarded a Fall and Spring College of Science and Math Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be investigating the relationship between physical and mental health outcomes in rural, low-income high school students. Her project will help us create specific school-based programming to reduce physical and mental health disparities in this population.

Performance and Exercise Psychophysiology Lab (Dr. Miller)
Victoria Zona (Junior, Neuroscience) – Victoria was awarded a Fall Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be investigating whether non-exercisers spontaneously evaluate outdoor exercise images as more positive than indoor exercise images, and sport-based exercise images as more positive than gym-based exercise images. She will be using electroencephalography to measure spontaneous evaluation of images.

Sports Medicine and Movement Lab (Dr. Oliver)
Caroline Kirkham (Freshman, Exercise Science) – Caroline was awarded a one-year College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Caroline will examine the effects of stride length and ground reaction forces on the long head of the biceps tendon in female youth softball pitchers following an acute bout of pitching.

Johann Phan (Junior, Chemical Engineering) – Johann was awarded a one-year College of Engineering/College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Johann will examine upper extremity anthropometrics and batted ball distance in baseball and softball athletes. Johann Phan has been an undergraduate researcher in the Sports Medicine & Movement Laboratory for the past two years. He conducted a pilot of this research project and was successful with a podium presentation as the AU Student Symposium.

Sport Biomechanics Lab (Dr. Wilburn)
Robert McLaughlin (Junior, Exercise Science) – Robert was awarded a Fall and Spring College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He will be exploring ways to develop a more affordable and easily accessible tool that assists individuals with properly identifying arch types and footwear selection.

Kathryn Riis (Junior, Exercise Science) – Kathryn was awarded a Summer, Fall, and Spring College of Education Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will be investigating ways to improve posture and foot function for individuals in the fall-risk population with compressive non-slip hosiery.

To see the full list of Fellows and more information about Undergraduate Research Fellowships, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website.

From left to right: Ryleigh Randall, Johann Phan, Caroline Kirkham, Angela Burns, Abigail Campbell, Carley Wilson.
From left to right: Ryleigh Randall, Johann Phan, Caroline Kirkham, Angela Burns, Abigail Campbell, Carley Wilson.
Head shots | From left to right: Katie Corona, Sarah Dolinger, Sierra Jacobs, Jacob Stotser, Mac McLaughlin, Victoria Zona.
From left to right: Katie Corona, Sarah Dolinger, Sierra Jacobs, Jacob Stotser, Mac McLaughlin, Victoria Zona. Not pictured: Alanis Smith and Kathryn Riis