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National award for HKR student

By Michelle Osmond

A new graduate of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR) has been honoured with a national award.

Samantha Drake graduated in May from the bachelor of kinesiology (honours) program and landed a summer research job at the same time with an award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (URSA) program.

In fact, Ms. Drake, who is working with Drs. Duane Button and Jeanette Byrne for the summer, is the first student from HKR to get this award. She said it was Dr. Button who encouraged her to apply because he thought she was a good candidate.

"I believe I won the award based on my academic merit. I feel my grades and proposed research topic played a large role in being chosen for the award," said Ms. Drake.

This summer, she is assisting a current graduate student collect data and has starting data collection for another research project that she and her supervisors have recently proposed – a project that will study the effects of inducing delayed onset muscle soreness.

"I thoroughly enjoy helping out with this research, which is preparing me for data collection for my own study and in the future as a master's student. The award is allowing me to learn about the research process in my field of interest and it is definitely a very rewarding experience," added Ms. Drake.

She will be a master's student in the kinesiology program, with a focus in exercise and work physiology in September.

NSERC hands out about 3,200 URSA awards across the country each year. The awards are meant to stimulate a student's interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering as well as encourage students to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields.