Graduate Student in Rehabilitation and Movement Science Ph.D. Program Receives Sigma Xi Award

February 28, 2019

Lauren Pedersen stands in front of a poster detailing her research.

The Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department is pleased to share that third-year doctoral student, Lauren Pedersen, is the recipient of Sigma Xi’s Grants in Aid of Research program, which awards student proposals of all scientific disciplines up to $1,000.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world, with more than 500 international chapters. The society’s mission is to promote excellence in scientific research and to encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among scientists in all fields.  The Grants in Aid of Research program is specifically intended to provide students with valuable educational experiences and to encourage working relationships between students and mentors.

Lauren’s proposal, “The Impact of Cardiovascular Fitness on Postprandial Monocyte Maturation,” aims to investigate how a high-fat meal alters immune cells known to mediate atherosclerosis in high fit/active individuals compared to low fit/active individuals. The study is part of a line of research led by Associate Professor R. Lee Franco, Ph.D., that seeks to better understand how exercise and physical activity can mediate the Western diet’s contribution to alarming rates of cardiovascular disease in the U.S.