NIRSA has made a commitment to funding scholarly activities that advance the field of collegiate recreation. To achieve this goal, the new NIRSA Research Grant Program was launched at the 2016 NIRSA Annual Conference in Kissimmee, FL. This program is possible thanks to generous funding from the NIRSA Foundation, which is committed to supporting research benefiting the field.

While many exceptional proposals were received, only a few could receive grant funding. This year’s grant recipients are Dr. Leann Lower of Ball State University for her project, “The Collegiate Sport Club Model: Organization Structure, Management, and Outcomes”; Dr. Amy Rundio of East Carolina University for her project, “Collegiate Sport Club Participation: Constraints, Motivations, and Student Outcomes”; and Dr. Anthony Patterson of North Carolina Central University for his study, “The Value of Outdoor Recreation Programs for Students at an Historically Black University: An Exploration of Outdoor Recreation Experiences and Barriers to Participation.”

Drs. Lower and Patterson have been awarded $10,000 grants each and Dr. Rundio a $2,000 grant. Each project will evaluate critical areas relevant to the collegiate recreation field and all have the potential to make meaningful and substantial contributions. Results from these outstanding projects will be presented at the 2019 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo taking place in Boston, MA.

  • For more information about the NIRSA Research Grant Program, please contact NIRSA Research Coordinator Ruben Guzman.
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Ruben Guzman is currently the Research Coordinator at NIRSA