Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Due Date: March 19, 2018

In Their Words

I enjoyed moderating sessions as I've only done it a couple of times prior to this conference. Moderating gave me an opportunity to be in a more involved role in the conference and now my confidence as a new scholar has grown."

Jenny Lendrum, 2015 Awardee

This experience has certainly made me more confident as a scholar and as a chair of conference sessions! I hope that the contacts I established will lead to some fruitful scholarly collaborations in the future."

2015 Awardee

2018 Recipients

Andrew Dutra

Andrew Dutra

Eastern Florida State College, USA

Andrew Dutra graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in May 2015 with a Ph. D in Science Education (Biological concentration). Prior education includes a B.S. in Marine Biology from University of Maine at Machias and an M.S. in Marine Science from University of New England. With a persistent commitment to marine, athletic, and educational research, Andrew’s interdisciplinary approach and focus has provided a broad and rewarding research background. His current research focuses on modeling relationships between academic, athletic, demographic, and affective measures. He is currently a full-time faculty member in the Biology Department at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, FL.

Fiona L. Munro

Fiona L. Munro

University of Calgary, Canada

Fiona Munro is a second year PhD student (Communication & Media Studies) at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her research examines the intersection of sponsorship, Federal funding and Canadian sport policy. She has recently presented her research on sport and event sponsorship at the Rundle Summit, Canadian Post-Secondary Marketing Communications conference and the Calgary Stampede Sponsorship Summit. After completing her MA (Brand Communication) at the University of Ottawa, Fiona worked in the sport and sponsorship industry with Canada Winter Games, Hockey Canada and most recently with the Calgary Stampede.

Lorin Mordecai

Lorin Mordecai

University of Connecticut, USA

Lorin Mordecai, MSW, LSW is a PhD Candidate at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Her research interests focus on violence against women in the context of sports including sexual assault and human trafficking. Lorin graduated from Rutgers School of Social Work in 2013 with her Master’s degree in Nonprofit and Public Management and area of emphasis in International Social Work. She currently teaches graduate courses for UConn and facilitates bystander intervention trainings for Northeastern University’s Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). She is also a founding member of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports and chairs their College Sports Committee.

Brianna Anderson

Brianna Anderson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Brianna is in her second year at the University of Illinois, working toward a Doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Masters degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. Her research focuses on college student development, when a specific interest in student-athlete identity. She has experience in curriculum development, student mentorship, and teaching. Brianna was awarded a 2017 Graduate Research Grant from the NCAA for her project investigating the impact of coaches’ identity and team climate on student-athlete development. She is an Academic Coach with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and member of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.

Teresa Cisneros

Teresa Cisneros

California State University, USA

Teresa is a first year sociology graduate student at California State University, Northridge. She has been heavily involved in coaching and mentoring of youth. She loves coaching high school girls’ soccer which is part of what led her to study sociology. Teresa has volunteered her time tutoring youth and high school athletes, as well as for rehabilitation and training programs for young athletes overcoming injuries. Teresa is currently serving as the secretary for the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society. She has also become involved with the GAP (Grandparents as Parents) research project through the Institute of Community Health and Wellbeing. As a new graduate student Teresa is interested in doing research on the impact of sport in the lives of young female athletes and inequality in education