Student Resources

Student Resources

An integral part of the function of the Central States Chapter is getting students involved in their primary professional organization

Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Student Research Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The CSACSM offers two research grants per year at the undergraduate, masters, and PhD level (six grants total).

Eligibility requirements: 

  1. The applicant is a current student (undergraduate, masters, or doctoral) at a university in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, or Oklahoma during the proposed time of data collection.
  2. The student is majoring in an ACSM related field (e.g., clinical/applied or basic exercise science or sports medicine)
  3. The student is a current CSACSM member (as of time of the grant submission)
  4. The student’s mentor has been a CSACSM member for at least 1 year prior to the grant submission (mentors who have been a CSACSM member <1 year and relocated to the region within the past 12 months ARE eligible).
  5. The student can attend and present their research progress at the 2024 CSACSM Regional Meeting held in Kansas City, MO in early March 2024.

Award Amounts:

Undergraduate:           up to $500

Masters:                      up to $1000

PhD:                            up to $1500

Due Dates:

Proposal submissions will be accepted until 5 pm CST January 27th, 2023. Email your documents directly to Derek Crawford at

Application requirements can be found here: 2023 CSACSM Abstract Submission Guidelines 

2022 Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Student Research Grant Recipients

JoJo Shields, PhD, Oklahoma State University

Cassandra Beattie, PhD, Kansas State University

Olivia Anderson, PhD, Oklahoma State University

Lilly Cleveland, Undergraduate, The University of Kansas

Natalie Morgan, Undergraduate, Drury University

Mia Young, Undergraduate, Oklahoma State University

** Stay tuned for 2023 grant submission instructions **

2022 CSACSM Award Winners


Student Research Award Winner - Maria Maltez Navarrette (Undergraduate)

Student Research Award Winner - Shawn Allen (Master's)

Student Research Award Winner - Seonkyun Lim (Doctorate)

Student Podcast Episode 1 

Conversation with Aaron Caldwell, University of Arkansas PhD candidate

Student Podcast Episode 2

Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Greene, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

Student Podcast Episode 3

Conversation with Dr. Tim Lightfoot, Omar Smith Endowed Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Huffines Institute, Texas A&M University

Student Podcast Episode 4

Conversation with PhD student Whitley Atkins about working in a tech start up firm

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