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."

Final Deadline: 4 March 2020

2020 Recipients

Alex Nuñez

Alex Nuñez

University of Arizona, USA

Alex Nuñez is a doctoral student studying history at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Originally from Chandler, Arizona, his interest lies in understanding the relationship between racial identity and sport in the United States, particularly among Mexican Americans. His professional experiences in the field have included serving in public programming roles with the National Park Service and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, as well as advising and instructing first-year students at the University of Arizona Honors College. This is his first time attending the International Conference on Sport & Society.

Eva Wolzok

Eva Wolzok

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Eva Wolzok is a full-time PhD student researching community development in expatriate sporting groups at the Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure, and Hospitality Management in Taiwan. Her principal research interests revolve around acculturation and well-being, community studies, sport and community development, especially social capital development. In her spare time, Eva is an avid sportswoman, exploring everything from swimming to Gaelic football, and, in recent years, has led the Taiwan Gaelic football team when competing throughout Asia.

Dana Young

Dana Young

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Dana Young is a research fellow and PhD candidate in the Child & Community Wellbeing Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Dana’s research uses mixed-methods to explore the social and environmental influences on child and family health and the impact of community-based interventions. Dana holds a master of public health and a bachelor of human nutrition. Her PhD is exploring the role of local sports participation in building different forms of social capital for adolescent girls from a migrant background in Melbourne, Australia.

Pedro Danilo Ponciano

Pedro Danilo Ponciano

University of Tsukuba, Guatemala

Pedro Danilo Ponciano is currently a researcher at the Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala. He has been working in the area of physical education and sport since 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports and recreation from San Carlos University in Guatemala. Graduate education includes a sports training specialization from the International Coaching Program, Leipzig University, Germany and a master’s degree in sport and Olympic studies with the silver medal award for best research from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His current research interests are related to social psychology, youth development, Olympic studies and sport management.

Caroline Voyles

Caroline Voyles

Drexel University, USA

Caroline is a PhD candidate within the Department of Community Health & Prevention at Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her master of public health degree from Dornsife in 2015, having concentrated in community health & prevention. She is passionate about social inclusion and human rights relevant to sexual and gender minority populations and her research currently focuses on participation in athletics among these groups and their real or perceived exclusion from sport. Prior to Drexel, Caroline received her BA in both psychology and russian language & culture at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she competed in Division III ice hockey and track & field.

Sam Schelfhout

Sam Schelfhout

The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Sam Schelfhout is a PhD candidate in physical culture & sport studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests focus on sport and its role in United States diplomacy and international relations and the history of sport diplomacy during the Cold War. In addition, he is interested in the evolution of esports and video games and their increasing inclusivity with traditional sports in interdisciplinary sport studies.

Schelfhout earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in political science and economics from the University of Portland in 2014 and a master of science degree in sport management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017.

Christopher Yandle

Christopher Yandle

Mercer University, USA

Dr. Christopher H. Yandle earned his doctorate in higher education leadership in December 2019 at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. His doctoral research focused on the lived academic experiences of NCAA Division I college football student-athletes. Yandle’s research interests include the intersection of higher education and intercollegiate athletics, phenomenology, student-athletes’ academic identity, self-fulfilling prophecy, and more broadly, the on-going legal fight against amateurism within intercollegiate athletics in the United States. He spent more than a decade in NCAA Division I college athletics at several institutions, including Baylor University (2008-2012), the University of Miami (2012-2014), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (2014-2016). Yandle presented at the 2018 CSRI Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in sport management from Marshall University and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Kalyn McDonough

Kalyn McDonough

University of Delaware, USA

Kalyn McDonough is a third year doctoral candidate at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. She is a graduate research assistant for the Partnership for Healthy Communities- a community engagement initiative and the Center for Community Research and Service. Kalyn also conducts research and evaluation work with Dr. Matthew Robinson, area head of the sport management program at the University of Delaware and director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) funded by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As a part of this work, Kalyn has produced evaluation reports on ICECP for the USOC.

In addition, Kalyn coaches a high school boys lacrosse team at a juvenile correctional facility located outside Wilmington, Delaware and serves as the community relations coordinator for the University of Delaware’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Her research focus is in sport for development, sport with justice- affiliated youth, and sport policy.

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