August 17, 2020

Nothnagle Awarded Undergrad Research Scholarship


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COLUMBUS, OhioEmily Nothnagle, a rising redshirt junior on the Ohio State pistol team, has received a $5,000 Undergrad Research Scholarship for use in continuation of her thesis work under the supervision of Dr. Chris Knoester.

Nothnagle is a triple major in Psychology, Anthropology and Music while also pursuing a Society & Environmental Issues minor. Her research thesis is utilizing a Sports and Society Initiative (SSI)-sponsored National Sports and Society Survey (NSASS). Nothnagle is studying ‘The Development of Grit Through Sport Participation’ and a brief summary is below:

“The significance of the proposed project is its contribution to understanding the implications of sport participation and its concern with the development of grit. Grit is important to study because it is associated with a host of benefits, including career success and lower mental health risks. In terms of analyzing sport participation, the proposed project uses new, landmark sports and society survey data from a large U.S. sample (N = 3,993) to assess the implications of sport participation over the life course for adults’ grit. The study of sports and society issues suffers from a paucity of quantitative research, so this project is novel in that regard. Also, it seeks to disentangle sports participation from selection concerns about who participates in sports, to a greater extent that most previous research, by looking at changes in sport participation patterns over the life course and linking those to reports of adults’ grit. The findings from this study can inform our knowledge about how sport participation shapes the development of grit. They should inform policies about the offering of sport participation programs, over the life course. Also, the findings should increase our awareness of what grit is and how it can be developed, for good.”