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Starting January of 2017, the CHS Research Committee began using WyoGroups ( to collect and evaluate all proposals for research grant, travel grant, and research presentations from faculty and students. Please contact Dr. Qin Zhu ( to request membership and access to the “CHS Research Committee” for submission of your proposals. Please also see these instructions for How to Join a Restricted Group.

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Qin (Arthur) Zhu; (307)-766-5752, or or Dr. Jenifer Thomas; (307)-766-3546, or

2018 CHS Research Day Keynote Speakers on Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dr. J. Carson Smith, left, and Dr. Jeffery L. Cummings.

Visiting Keynote speakers for the 2018 CHS Research Day, held April 5 in the Wyoming Union, included Dr. J. Carson Smith, left, and Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings. 

Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD, Director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada and Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Cummings is the Camille and Larry Ruvo Chair of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine (Neurology), Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is a world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher and leader of clinical trials.  He has been recognized for his research and leadership contributions in the field of Alzheimer’s disease through the Henderson Award of the American Geriatrics Society (2006), the Research Award of the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (2008), and the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Award of the national Alzheimer’s Association (2008). In 2010, he was honored by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry with their Distinguished Scientist Award.  In 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by his Alma mater, University of Wyoming.  He was featured in the Gentleman’s Quarterly (June 2009) as a “Rockstar of Science.” Dr. Cummings is interested in clinical trials, developing new therapies for brain diseases, and the interface of neuroscience and society. He completed Neurology residency and a Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.  

Dr. J. Carson Smith, Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health, University of Maryland

Dr. Smith is focused on understanding how exercise and physical activity affect human brain function and mental health. Dr. Smith's investigations use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to examine brain function in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Smith, his team of investigators, and collaborators are interested in the potential efficacy for exercise to affect brain function and memory in healthy older adults at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease, as well as in patients diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The ultimate goal is to provide evidence for exercise to delay conversion to Alzheimer's disease and protect against age-related cognitive decline. In addition, Dr. Smith examines how acute and chronic exercise or physical activity may alter emotional reactivity, attention allocation, and cognitive function among patients with anxiety and/or depressive mood disorders. Visit for more info.


Proposals for the 2018 CHS Research Day 

Faculty and Student Non-Competitive Poster Presentation

Faculty Seed Grant

Faculty Travel Subsidy

Student Research Presentation Competition

Student Seed Grant

Graduate Student Travel Subsidy


Examples of Successful Grant Proposals

Faculty Seed Grant Proposal

Student Seed Grant Proposal

Faculty Travel Subsidy Proposal

Graduate Student Travel Subsidy Proposal

Competitive Student Research Presentation Proposal


Student and Faculty Awards for 2017 CHS Research Day.

Student Awardees:


Meghan Critchley, Division of Kinesiology and Health - The effect of rotational movements on landing biomechanics: Implication for ACL injuries.
Michaela Keener, Division of Kinesiology and Health - The effect of stirrup length on impacts on the rider.
Matthew Peterson, School of Pharmacy - Travel: AHA's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) Scientific Sessions, Portland, OR.
Brandon Tritle, School of Pharmacy - Travel: Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases (MAD-ID) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
Tessa Woods, School of Pharmacy - Perceptions of the Term 'Prediabetes'.


Michelle Clark, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Travel: International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, Guadalupe, France.
Nan Hu, Biomedical Sciences c/o School of Pharmacy - Travel: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.
Clarissa Petres, Division of Communication Disorders - Travel: The American Speech Language Hearing Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA.


Scarlett Barnes, Division of Kinesiology and Health, First Place - Oral Presentations
Jacob Layer, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Second Place - Oral Presentations
Kyle Bochanski, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Third Place - Oral Presentations
Megan Wild, Division of Social Work, First Place - Poster Competition
Taylor Hinshaw, Division of Kinesiology and Health, Second Place - Poster Competition
Chelsea Kunitz, Division of Communication Disorders, Third Place - Poster Competition

Faculty Awardees:


Emily Guseman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Stage 1 pediatric obesity management in Wyoming: Evaluating providers' knowledge, beliefs, and adherence to recommendations.
Qin "Arthur" Zhu, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Developing a Novel Congnitve-Motor Assessment for Screening mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) among Active Young Adults.


Jayne Jenkins, PhD, Professor, Division of Kinesiology and Health - Travel: AIESEP (International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education) Conference, Guadalupe, France.

Research Reports from Previous Awardees - Research Report Template


The effects of a resistance band on gluteus medius activation and hip abduction torque during jump-landing

2013 Travel award report

Fit families: Early intervention for children and their caregivers


Sensory cues predictive of food availability undergo time-dependent prominence, which facilitates overeating behaviors

Testing a typology of factors that influence the relationship

CARD9 regulates obesity-induced cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction  

The creation of tailored health communication for type 2 diabetes risk


Capsaicin triggers brown remodeling of white adipocytes to antagonize diet-induced obesity

Expansion of the communication function classification system (CFCS) to adults and adolescents with cerebral palsy

Ethnographic exploration of New Zealand primary care practice and the use of patient

South Asian youth and their perception of gender violence

Assessing how patients’ level of “Activation” and “Health Literacy” affect their healthcare expectations from a rural patient centered medical home (PCMH) model of care

Destigmatizing disability: The role of social work in addressing social justice and human rights within the Caribbean region

International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)



International conference on Cerebral Palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities

North America Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA)



Coming soon:

Where and when similar research has been presented, and the paths followed that led to student success.
Videos of interviews about experiences of how grants have helped students with their research.
Information on how you can submit grant applications.

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