Kinesiology student wins university-wide award for research writing
A thesis written by Kinesiology senior Daniel Callow has been selected to receive one of this year’s Winston Family Honors Writing Awards.
The Winston Award was established by Roger and Karen Winston (classes of ‘76 and ’75). It honors the best short essays, research papers and theses written by University of Maryland Honors College students. Research project winners are awarded a $1,000 prize and a certificate. They also are celebrated on the Honors College website and social media accounts.
Callow’s senior thesis, titled "Effects of Acute Exercise Intensity on Neural Efficiency Using Semantic Memory Task Activation in Younger Adults: An fMRI Study," was also selected as an honorable mention at this year’s Public Health Research @ Maryland.
Writing the thesis gave him a chance to bring together what he learned as a kinesiology major, and even though it was sometimes a frustrating process, the experience was rewarding.
“Completing my senior thesis and receiving this award helps make me feel better about struggling through the roadblocks I experienced along the way,” he said. “This is important to me because it helps reinforce the importance of hard work and perseverance in research.”
The experience is especially important because next year Callow will return as a PhD student in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program. He will be supervised by Dr. J. Carson Smith, who also serves as his advisor now.
“He has demonstrated a keen insight into the nuances of his findings, as only a seasoned thinker would,” Dr. Smith said about Callow’s project. “I have been truly impressed by Daniel's ability to grasp complex concepts and apply them to new situations.”
Callow and eight other recipients will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Honors College on Friday, April 27, 2018.