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UT Professor Named Young Investigator of the Year

Published: July 18, 2013

Jacob Wilson, assistant professor of health sciences and human performance, was awarded the Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year award at the National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference on July 12.

The award, highly coveted amongst young researchers in the field, is given to a researcher who has been in the field for seven years or less, in recognition of his or her noteworthy contributions to applied exercise and sport science.

Together with his students, Wilson has published 20 research papers in 2013 alone and more than 100 since coming to UT in 2010.

“This award is a reflection of my students’ hard work and speaks to the caliber and quality of the UT student,” said Wilson, who is helping launch a new master's in exercise and nutrition science in Summer 2014.

Also at the conference, one of Wilson’s students, Jordan Joy ’12, won the Student Research Award in the Oral Presentation Master’s category for his presentation “Oral Adenosine Triphosphate Supplementation Improves Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy in Resistance Trained Males.” Joy is enrolled in a master’s degree program through Northeastern University and continues to work with Wilson as a researcher in the UT performance lab. He competed against dozens of other graduate students from across the country to win the award.

Joy’s victory comes on the heels of a similar one at last year’s conference, when senior Ryan Lowery won the Undergraduate Student Research Award in the Outstanding Poster Presentation category.

Lowery presented again at this year’s conference, along with four other UT students, including Sean McCleary ’13, Joshua Dudeck ’15, Nathan Carpenter ’16 and Steve Weiner ’15. 

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