CHHS Exercise Science Student Awarded Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship

CHHS Exercise Science Student Awarded Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship

CHHS Exercise Science student, Courtney Milleson has been awarded the prestigious Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Courtney, a Wilmington native, became interested in the science behind exercise, after learning about the training methods and science of long distance running from her brother-in-law.

“Learning and applying what I read and learned from him sparked my passion to understand how the body functions during exercise and led me to pursue an education in the field,” Courtney said.

Courtney is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist, certified personal trainer and is certified in functional movement screening. Through these achievements, she has applied her skills as a trainer at the UNCW Recreation Center.

In addition to these achievements, she is a teaching assistant for the exercise science anatomy and physiology lab and is an assistant to Exercise Science Program Coordinator, Dr. Wayland Tseh. Through this opportunity, she has been able to design and implement her own experimental study.

“The purpose of my research study was to determine if training by target heart rate would improve cardiorespiratory fitness in recreational long-distance runners more than running by the traditional training approach, pace and mileage covered,” Courtney said.

Through her extraordinary work and research, Courtney was awarded the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research Fellowships Supplies Grant and the UNCW Board of Visitors Fellowship. She will be presenting her work at CHHS’ Research and Innovation Day during Health and Human Services Week, and in addition, will be submitting her manuscript for publication.

In her senior capstone course, Courtney has applied her skills and knowledge to assist patients in intensive cardiac rehab at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

After graduation, Courtney plans on becoming a certified clinical exercise physiologist through ACSM and work as an exercise physiologist before applying to graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

Courtney thanks Dr. Sproud and Tamlyn Shields for their influence and inspiration. “They both have challenged me academically and have given me the confidence to pursue goals like these.”

Courtney went on to say she was incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship. “To be recognized for my academic efforts in the very field of which I am most passionate about is encouraging and uplifting,” she said. “Winning this scholarship will continue to spur me on to achieve even greater accomplishments within the field of exercise science.”