Student Corner

Brandon DykstraHello, and welcome to the MWACSM Student Corner! My name is Brandon Dykstra, and I am your MWACSM Student Representative. I have always loved how MWACSM provides terrific learning and involvement opportunities for students of all levels. The Student Corner is the first place to come for information on all of these opportunities. Look around the Student Corner for areas that interest you, and click on the various options for more information about how to get involved! I have seen firsthand how MWACSM values student participation, and it is a great way to learn a lot and gain valuable experience. So regardless of where you are in your education, I encourage you to get involved and take advantage of everything MWACSM has to offer for students. I am more than willing to answer any questions you may have, so contact me at bjdykstra@bsu.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!


Attend the Annual Meeting

Attending the MWACSM and ACSM annual meetings are one of the best ways to learn more about these organizations, network with outstanding professionals in the field, and stay on top of the current research and trends related to exercise and sports medicine. The MWACSM annual meeting is held in the fall and the ACSM annual meeting is held the Tuesday-Saturday following Memorial Day each year. The locations vary each year but offer a great opportunity to travel and meet other students and professionals! MWACSM focuses significant efforts on our students and we’d like to help you get more involved.

Wanting to come to the regional or annual meeting but not sure how to afford it? Attend a meeting with other students and save money! We are taking names of individuals who would like to attend either meeting, and share housing with other students to decrease the cost of the meetings. Perhaps there can even be transportation arrangements coordinated depending on the location of those interested. You can also work with your faculty members to develop an independent study course where the course fee covers your registration cost. Click here to see a sample syllabus. You may also volunteer a few hours at the annual ACSM meeting and receive a discounted registration fee. Contact the regional student representative (Brandon Dykstra, bjdykstra@bsu.edu) for more information on these opportunities.


Showcase your Research at the Annual Meeting

pic4_2012Students are HIGHLY encouraged to submit their research for presentation at the annual meeting. Students may select between poster or oral presentations. It is a great experience and opportunity to showcase your hard work and network with others doing similar research. There is no fee to submit an abstract. Click here for information on how to submit an abstract to present your research at the MWACSM annual meeting.

As a presenter, you are also eligible to receive student presentation awards.

  • Outstanding Student Poster Presentation at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral level
  • Outstanding Free Communication Presentation at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral level
  • Outstanding Clinical Case Presentation

The level of award is dependent upon the program in which the student was enrolled when he/she completed the work. All students presenting at the MWACSM annual meeting will automatically be entered into the competition unless noted otherwise on the abstract submission form.


Student Awards

Each year there are a variety of awards distributed highlighting the hard work and accomplishments of the students within our chapter. To be eligible for an award, students must be members of MWACSM. Not a member?! Click here for membership information.

Awards with applications due November 15 of each year:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholar Award
  • Outstanding Graduate or Professional Student Scholar Award
  • Undergraduate Student Research Study Project Award
  • Graduate or Professional Student Research Study Project Award

Click Here for eligibility information and application details.

Congratulations to the 2015 Student Award Winners

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar: Clare Heisey (Kent State University)
  • Outstanding Graduate Scholar: Zachary Zenko (Iowa State University)
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Samuel Pitcairn
  • Graduate Research Award: Sara Harper (Kent State University)
  • DuPont Nutrition and Health ACSM Travel Award: Jennifer Erichsen (Ball State University)
  • ACSM President’s Cup Award: Sarah Harper (Kent State University)

Jeopardy ChampsStudent Quiz Bowl

Each year at the MWACSM Annual Meeting, teams of three undergraduate students compete in a Jeopardy-style Student Quiz Bowl event. Categories include, but are not limited to, exercise prescription, anatomy, EKG interpretation, metabolism, cardiovascular physiology, neuromuscular physiology, or any related exercise science course is fair game. This year we will have two elimination rounds consisting of 8 teams per round. The top 4 teams from each round will advance to a double jeopardy round with one final Jeopardy question. The winning team is awarded the title of MWACSM Student Bowl Champions and moves on to represent the chapter in the national Student Bowl competition at the ACSM Annual Meeting at the end of May. Space is limited to the first 16 teams (only one team per university may be registered). Registration closes at 12pm EST on Friday, November 1, 2016. To secure your team’s spot at the 2016 Annual Meeting’s Quiz Bowl, preregister early by contacting the regional student representative, Brandon Dykstra, at bjdykstra@bsu.edu.

Congratulations to the 2015 Student Quiz Bowl Champions – University of Akron!


Form an Exercise Science Club at your School

Starting an Exercise Science Club is a great way to get involved within your department, learn more about the area of exercise science, and gain leadership experience. There are a number of things you need to think about early on in the planning stages. Click here for suggestions on how to start an exercise science club on your campus.


Exercise is Medicine on Campus

Are you looking for a way to promote the values of ACSM within your local community? Click here for more information on how to form an Exercise is Medicine initiative right on your own campus. It is a great activity for Exercise Science clubs to coordinate! You may even be recognized with the MWACSM ActiveU Award. For more information on the MWACSM ActiveU Competition Criteria, visit the Awards page. The submission deadline is October 1.


MWACSM Leadership and Mentoring Program

The Leadership and Mentoring Program (LMP) is designed to provide a meaningful mentoring relationship aimed at guiding, advancing and inspiring individuals navigating their professional careers. This dynamic and reciprocal relationship facilitates career selection and advancement, accelerates professional growth, and offers exposure to networking and leadership opportunities within Midwest regional and national ACSM.

The program invites participants looking for a mentoring opportunity that focus on the professional needs of the mentor at various stages of growth including, 1) undergraduate students, 2) graduate students, and 3) professional levels to apply by September 15th.

Click here to learn more about the program and application details.


Attend the National Student Advisory Committee Meeting

Are you looking for more ways to become involved as a student at the national level? Student representatives from every region within ACSM meet at the annual meeting each spring to plan student events for the upcoming year. These meetings are open to any student within ACSM that are interested in becoming more involved with the organization. For meeting details contact your regional student representative. Also, be sure to like the national ACSM Students facebook page to keep up to date on other student news: https://www.facebook.com/ACSMStudents