The Norman James Research Awards-

Norman James was the first former student member of the SWACSM to be elected to a SWACSM office, serving as Member At Large for three years in the late 1980's. Norman never missed a SWACSM annual meeting and was very active as a Council Member, a research presenter and a session chairperson. He died of cancer at a very young age and left part of his estate to SWACSM to be used as a student research award. The Norman James Student Research Award honors his humble, gracious and academic commitment to the field of Exercise Science.
Brent Ruby
Brent Ruby “Outside of the Lab” award

The Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine is proud to announce the Brent Ruby Award. This “Outside of the Lab” award provides undergraduate and/or graduate students funding to present research data collected outside of a traditional laboratory setting at the SWACSM annual meeting.

The Gail Butterfields Research Awards-

Gail Butterfield was elected to the SWACSM Administrative Council as Member-at-Large in 1986 and served three years in that capacity. In 1989 she was elected President Elect and subsequently served as President in 1990-1991 and Past President in 1991-1992. As Past President she also assumed the duties of Chapter Executive Director and served for three years in that capacity. After serving so faithfully in Chapter leadership positions, she was elected to the national ACSM Board of Trustees and eventually elected to the office of ACSM Vice-President. The Gail Butterfield Student research Award was established in honor of Gail who died of a brain tumor in December, 1999. She was also the recipient of the 2000 SWACSM Recognition Award, which was posthumously awarded at the Annual Meeting of the SWACSM in November, 2000.



The Chapter is looking forward to presenting these awards in annual recognition of the completion and dissemination of research performed by the top student investigators in the Southwest Regional Chapter. See application deadlines under Meeting-Abstracts.


Donate Today

Donations to the award funds are vested in an endowment to honor student research. Tax-deductible contributions may be made by writing a check to SWACSM and indicating that it is for either the Norman James or Gail Butterfield funds.