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Scholars Share: January 2019

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Graduate College welcome the Drexel community to join us for our next Scholars Share: Conversations on Graduate Student Research to hear from current graduate students about their research endeavors and a faculty moderator who will facilitate questions and discussion from the audience. Lunch is provided to attendees.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
12:00 - 1:00PM
Three Parkway Building, Room 608A, 6th Floor
1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Take the free Drexel shuttle (Dragon Route) from University City Campus to Center City Campus! Just show your DragonCard ID!

Watch the Recording [YouTube]

Featured Speakers:

Julia Rovera HeadshotJulia Rovera

Masters Program in Human Nutrition
College of Nursing and Health Professions

A Comparison of Fitness Characteristics in Collegiate and Masters Athletes

Julia is a second year Master's student. She completed her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Drexel in 2009 and workedas an Employee Benefits and Human Resources Analyst for several local companies. She developed a passion for nutrition and was able to apply her interests through Corporate Wellness Programs and benefit and retirement program implementation. In 2016 she decided to pursue her unwavering and expanding interest in nutrition and enrolled in classes at a local community college. In 2017, she was accepted in Drexel’s MS in Human Nutrition program and has participated in many nutrition related programs across the city such as food pantries, farmers markets, and youth counseling centers. She also has an interest in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. After graduation, Julia plans on completing her Dietetic Internship and certifying as a Registered Dietitian.

Julia will share her current experience in collecting and comparing fitness characteristics present in collegiate and adult athletes. She will discuss the different methods utilized in the study, such as indirect calorimetry, bioelectrical impedance, dual x-ray absorptiometry and food frequency questionnaires and how these data points may help develop nutrition related recommendations for athletes.

Travis Pollen HeadshotTravis Pollen

PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

How To Exercise More Without Getting Hurt

Travis Pollen is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware. His research interests focus on core stability, movement screening and injury risk assessment in athletes. In addition to his scholarly activities, he maintains a popular fitness blog at, where his mission is to bridge the gaps between rehabilitation and performance as well as research and practice.

Sarah Gleeson HeadshotSarah Gleeson

PhD Program in Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering

Designing artificial bone: Nanoscale modifications that mimic biological structure

Sarah is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research explores how to design materials that can be used to replace bone that has been damaged or removed. In order to do this, they first create materials that mimic the look and composition of bone at very small lengths, and then they scale these materials up to study their properties compared to natural bone. The goal is to create a material that helps them better understand how materials can guide bone regeneration, which should ultimately inform how we treat traumatic bone injuries. Her research project is likely of interest to audience members with a medical or biological background, but also to anyone who appreciates how engineering design can be used to break down complex problems and work towards a physical solution.

Faculty Moderator:

Margaret Finley HeadshotMargaret Finley, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions