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Mount Union Exercise Science Students Place Second at International Research Conference

July 12, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Seven students from the University of Mount Union’s Department of Exercise, Sport, and Nutrition Sciences shared their original research at the International Society of Sports Nutrition 19th Academic Conference held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida between June 15-18.

Students Abigail Stack '24 and Lauren Roncone '24 presented their research, “Effects of Peripheral Oxygen Saturation, Heart Rate, Reading Comprehension, and Emotional State in Children with and Without use of Facial Coverings,” winning 2nd place for Best Undergraduate Research Poster.

“The exercise science program at Mount Union provides students with the opportunity to conduct research, and I feel very honored to have had the chance to present our research at an international conference, meet experts in the field, and absorb new information,” said Roncone.

Maximus Betscakos ‘23, Hannah Botzman ‘23, Shiming Ruan ’23 presented, “The Relationship Between Self-Reported Commercial Coffee Intake and Glycation Markers in Middle-Aged Midwestern US Adults: Preliminary Findings.” Jessica Knicely '23 and recent alumnus Justin Sturgill '22 presented “Health Status, but not Commercial Coffee Intake Differentially Affects Glycation Markers in Middle-Aged Men and Women.”

“I just can’t say enough about these students and their growth as scholars and young professionals,” said Dr. Ron Mendel, chair of the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Nutrition Sciences, “The commitment and dedication to their academic work, along with the mentorship provided by Dr. Scanlon, has set them on a trajectory for continued success in research and their professional development.”

While at the conference, the students learned about cutting-edge research, networked with students and faculty from other universities, and were introduced to exclusive internship and research assistant opportunities as initial careers after graduation.

Learn more about Mount Union’s major in exercise science.