Awards & Grants

Rocky Mountain Chapter

2020 RMACSM Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 RMACSM Grant Recipients!  Thank you for your perseverance and hard work!
Undergraduate Recipient

Kieran Abbots, Colorado State University 
Grant title: Caffeine Augments the Lactate and Interleukin-6 Response to Exercise: Potential Favorable Implications for Those with Cachexia
Dr. Chris Bell (mentor)

Graduate Recipients

Taylor Ewell, Colorado State University
Grant title: Use of Hyperoxia to Provide Mechanistic Insight into Limitations to Peak Oxygen Uptake in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Dr. Chris Bell (mentor)

Arjun Ramani, University of Northern Colorado
Grant title: Does kefir attenuate to doxorubicin mediated TLR-4 and pro-caspase 8 expression?
Dr. Laura Stewart (mentor)

2020 Rocky Mountain ACSM

Student Research Grants




In an effort to support student research relevant to the mission of ACSM, the RMACSM board is pleased to announce that we will award two $1000 graduate research grants and one $1000 undergraduate research grant to support student research projects. You must be enrolled as a student and both you and your mentor must be current members of RMACSM to apply. Grant recipients are required to present their findings at the following RMACSM annual meeting. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting your grant proposal.

Proposal Guidelines for Both Graduate and Undergraduate Research Grants:

  1. Title Page and Abstract: Include the title of the study, date, and name, address and phone number of the principal and co-investigators. Your mentor should be named as a co-investigator and is required to be a member of RMACSM. The abstract should include a clear purpose, proposed methods, expected results and relevance (1 page, 250 word maximum; not included in page limit).

  2. Background and Significance: Provide a brief literature review demonstrating justification for the research. The introduction should familiarize readers with the general problem being studied and its significance relevant to the mission of ACSM. This section should be written so that it can be easily understood by scientists outside the investigator’s area of expertise.

  3. Specific Aims/Hypotheses/Innovation: Clearly define the purpose of the study, the specific aims and the working hypotheses. State why the research is innovative.

  4. Approach
    1. Participant Selection (if applicable): Specify sample size and any inclusion or exclusion criteria for participation, such as age, sex, medical history or diagnosis. A brief justification of the sample size should be provided. In addition, please indicate if the project has been approved by your institutional IRB/IACUC panel or if approval is pending.
    2. Research Design: Include type of research design (i.e., true experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental), and identify if the proposed project is part of a larger, ongoing project. Identify independent and dependent variables, control groups, and number of repeated observations. Discuss any steps taken to control for internal or external validity.
    3. Intervention Procedures: Provide a clear, detailed description of the intervention process (if applicable). This section should include all steps the participants must undergo, along with any necessary treatment/safety evaluation procedures.
    4. Measures: Describe measurement procedures, instruments used, and data collection techniques. Clearly state whether instruments/equipment are currently available or will be borrowed/acquired for the project. Include citations for previously used instruments.
    5. Data Collection and Data Safety: Clearly define data collection procedures and discuss methods for participant recruitment with an explanation of efforts made to maintain the rights and privacy of human subjects.
    6. Data Analysis: Discuss methods used for data entry, statistical analysis, treatment of missing data, and data interpretation. Include reasoning for the type of analysis used.
  5. Budget.Provide a proposed budget that is appropriate for the described research. The budget should include how the grant monies will be used, how the funds will contribute to continuation of a larger, ongoing project (if applicable), and what other sources of funds are available to support the project.

  6. Timeline: Provide an outline of the timeline for the proposed project.

  7. References: Include a complete list of references (not included in page limit).

  8. Appendices: Attach supporting information, tables, or figures that improve the understanding of the project (not included in page limit).

  9. Resume/CV: Include an updated resume/CV at the end of your application (not included in page limit)

Submission Procedures:

All submissions should be:

  • Maximum 4 pages of text (title page, abstract, references and appendices and CV not included)
  • Single-spaced
  • Times New Roman, no less than 12pt font
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • A single PDF document

Please submit all proposals, with the subject line RMACSM Grant Proposal, via email.  The 2021 submission time will be announced soon.
Questions?  please email: Dr. Ben Thompson:

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