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Colby-Sawyer Senior Wins Recognition, Scholarship

Colby-Sawyer senior John D. Bosse '08 from Lewiston, Maine, was awarded the American College of Sports Medicine's only scholarship available to undergraduate students in recognition of his academic excellence and involvement in the field at the New England chapter's fall conference in Providence, R.I. held Nov. 15-17, 2007.

Bosse, an Exercise and Sports Science major concentrating in Exercise Science, is a member of the New England ACSM and learned about the scholarship at last year's conference. He applied over the summer.

His academic advisor and five-time ESS professor, Jean Eckrich, wrote a recommendation in support of his application and says it was an easy task.

“John's intellectual curiosity keeps us on our toes; he's always asking questions, which is wonderful and fun,” said Professor Eckrich. “He's embarking on an ambitious Capstone project with three other students right now, looking at muscle recruitment in athletes with muscular imbalances.”

“The conference was great,” enthused Bosse. "I was sad to leave because I enjoy the atmosphere of being around so many people who are interested in similar areas. I met Dr. David Behm, an expert in the area of muscle activation. I approached him for advice on my Capstone project and he had several helpful ideas that will make our results more reliable."

Eckrich estimates that nearly 300 students from New England colleges and universities attended the conference, but does not know how many applied for the $250 prize.

“The New England region is quite prestigious, so his accomplishments are quite significant,” she said.

Bosse, a Dean's List student every semester of his college career, has also been recognized with the Barbara McDonald Award, presented by the ESS Majors club for academic excellence and student involvement.

While Colby-Sawyer requires each student to complete one internship before graduating, Bosse has completed three: working with a sports physician at Fitness World in Lewiston, Maine; interning at the Central Maine Medical Center's Wellness Center and Heart and Vascular Institute; and at Dartmouth College as a strength and conditioning intern. He is currently looking at graduate schools across the country and plans to study sports nutrition. At the conference, Bosse learned more about about a master's program he had almost ruled out, but will now look into further.

"I would like to work with anyone interested in using nutrition and exercise to help them be their best, particularly athletes and bodybuilders," said Bosse. "I think I would like to be a Registered Dietician and a personal trainer, working as an exercise and dietary consultant."