Jacquelyn Sertic, a first-year doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology, received the Advanced Pathways to Research Program Scholar (A-PReP) award from the University’s Clinical Translational Science Institute. The A-PReP is a research training program for doctoral-level professional health sciences students and early-PhD students interested in clinical and translational research.
Awarded students receive funding to participate in a mentored research experience and attend weekly seminars providing a grounding in translational research networking and presentation skills with some of the top researchers at the University. The summer research experience culminates with a poster presentation at the CTSI Annual Poster Session and the opportunity to win a travel award to present at a conference of the student’s choosing.
Sertic plans to use this experience to conduct her proposed research project, examining the role between ankle proprioceptive dysfunction and gait and balance problems in people with Parkinson’s disease. She is a student member of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, directed by Jürgen Konczak, PhD. Konczak also serves as Sertic’s faculty advisor.