#1 - Joshua Aune, “Measuring the Effects of Ammonium Salt Inhalation on Reaction Time, Power Output and Resistance to Fatigue in Male Collegiate Athletes.”

Advisor:

Dr. Mary Stenson, Exercise Science & Sport Studies

What inspired you to select your research or creative work topic? 

"Watching a lot of sports growing up, it has become almost guaranteed that you will see a player on the bench using smelling salts before or during a game, especially within contact sports such as hockey or football. Intrigued as to why the use of smelling salts has trickled down to the high school levels, I decided to try them myself. As I felt more alert, I began to wonder if there are any temporary benefits to athletic performance after inhaling smelling salts."

Which of the CSBSJU Learning Goals applies to the experience you had conducting research?

This project allowed me the opportunity to THINK DEEPLY and become immersed in the process of performing research. As I researched into prior studies, I noticed that the previous literature had not measured the variables of reaction time or resistance to fatigue after inhaling smelling salts. After consulting my advisor, Dr. Stenson, I had a few ideas on how to measure these variables, and had to think about the most logical way to translate these ideas into ways I could collect the data I was aiming to measure

What advice would you give to future CSB/SJU students that want to participate in undergraduate research or creative work? 

"Start early and do not procrastinate. Don't be afraid to ask for help and understand that there is a network of people here happy to offer you support throughout the research process. It may seem like a long and arduous journey, but the experience is very meaningful especially if you choose a topic you are passionate about."