Exercise Science Students and Faculty Present Side-by-Side

Three students and both faculty members presented posters at a regional conference.

This year, the American College of Sports Medicine featured four poster presentations from Mary Baldwin University students and faculty at their Mid-Atlantic Regional Annual Meeting. 

With nearly 700 conference attendees, MBU presenters shared recent research conducted by the exercise science (ES) program under the supervision of program director Dr. Chris Harnish and Matt Holman, assistant professor of exercise and sports science. Harnish also serves as research committee co-chair for the annual meeting, and Holman presented a portion of his doctoral research in motor behavior and biomechanics.

Alumna Paula White ’21 co-presented her poster about a strategy for increasing energy production during endurance athletic competition, drawing upon research she supported as an exercise science major at MBU. She’s now continuing her education in the physical therapy (PT) program at Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. 

Anna Fisher, another recent graduate now studying PT at Murphy Deming, presented research that her Advanced Exercise Physiology class collected  last spring in “The Effects of Three Weeks of Mixed Interval Training on Fitness Markers: A Pilot Study.” Fisher is also the co-author of a forthcoming publication she completed as part of her senior capstone project. 

Sgt. Jordan Jester, an MBU senior balancing his studies with active military duty in the US Marine Corps, presented work conducted in conjunction with MBU’s Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) and ROTC. His poster, “Adherence to a 12-week Summer Exercise Protocol Among ROTC and VWIL Cadets: A Pilot Study,” combines his background of military service with his recent studies in ES.

“Building your career begins well before graduation,” Harnish remarked. “Regional conferences give students an opportunity to connect and learn from both professionals and peers across multiple disciplines. The connections and relationships they build here can pay off decades later.”

In addition to his research, Jester received the Exceptional Undergraduate Citation.

Interested in conducting your own research and developing presentations for a future conference? For more information about the Exercise Science program at MBU, visit the Exercise Science (BS) or Exercise Science (BA) homepages.