Six Brown Student-Athletes Earn Prestigious Royce Fellowships

Six Brown Student-Athletes Earn Prestigious Royce Fellowships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Six Brown University student-athletes have earned prestigious Royce Fellowships as announced at The Royce Society of Fellows 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday night at the Willis Reading Room in the John Hay Library.

The Bears' 2018-19 Royce Fellows include Elise Claffey '19 (women's cross country and track & field), Justine Gaziano '20 (women's basketball), William McNelis '20 (men's swimming & diving), Uloma Nwaolu '19 (women's track & field), Brian Prigmore '19 (men's lacrosse), and Garrett Robinson '19 (football).

Established in 1996 through the generosity of Charles Royce '61, the Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown University undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world.

The Sport and Society Fellowship, established in 2007, recognizes Brown University undergraduates who have a record of excellence in academics and sport, supporting these student-athletes to embark on innovative research or applied projects, exploring the intersection of sport and human rights within a particular context. 

2018-19 Royce Fellows

Elise Claffey '19 (Women's Cross Country and Track & Field)
Predictors of Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Including Previous Injuries in Collegiate Women
Research suggests that female athletes are at a greater risk for eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors (ED/DE) than the general population. Some studies estimate that up to 45 percent of women in collegiate athletics suffer from some level of disordered eating behaviors. Elise will investigate potential predictors of ED/DE including injury and stressful life events among a select group of female athletes.
Concentration: Health and Human Biology
Advisor: Dean Katherine Smith 

Justine Gaziano '20 (Women's Basketball)
Reimagining Fa'aaloalo: Understanding the Experiences of High Performing Female Athletes in Samoa
Justine will explore the athletic experiences of a select group of high performing female athletes in Samoa with an emphasis on how sociocultural attitudes towards female athletes have impacted their experiences and how their success impacts attitudes and future opportunities for female athletes.
Concentration: Sociology
Advisor: Sarah Behn 

William McNelis '20 (Men's Swimming & Diving)
Visual and Vestibular Influences on Acrobats
William will compare the performance results between two groups of divers to identify the neural systems that have the most direct influence on athletes' knowledge of their body in relation to their surroundings in high stress situations. The results of the study should both provide insight into the vestibular system, an understudied neural system that provides us with information of the body's direction and rate of acceleration.
Concentration: Neuroscience
Advisor: William H. Warren

Uloma Nwaolu '19 (Women's Track & Field)
Frustration Tolerance and Resilience in High Performing Athletes
The development of resilience requires experience with adversity and the subsequent adaptation of coping strategies. To be successful, athletes must constantly adapt to challenges and cope with failure, and, as such, they have opportunities to develop resilience and frustration tolerance in somewhat controlled environments. Uloma will examine this relationship between frustration tolerance and resilience in a select group of high performing college athletes.
Concentration: Biology
Advisor: Ken Hunt 

Brian Prigmore '19 (Men's Lacrosse)
The Relationship of Athletic Culture, Equipment Design and Concussions in a Select Group of Division I Men's Lacrosse Players
Concussions are a serious concern in many sports, but there are significant issues regarding our understanding of education, diagnosis, equipment design and athletic cultures. Brian will gather quantitative and qualitative data on concussions in a select group of college lacrosse players in an effort to understand how these forces conspire to either protect athletes or put them at risk.
Concentration: Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations
Advisors: Beth Conroy and Kerrissa Heffernan

Garrett Robinson '19 (Football)
Franchise City: The Impact of the Los Angeles Stadium in Inglewood, California
The goal of Garrett's research is to craft a future-oriented narrative of what Inglewood might look like by 2020. This speculative analysis will focus on the potential shift and gentrification of the community as a result of the new stadium complex. Sources of information will include interviews with current and prospective residents, city officials and NFL executives and planners. He also hopes to draw comparisons with other development projects, such as the construction of Dodger Stadium in relation to Chavez Ravine.
Concentration: Urban Studies
Advisor: Rebecca Carter