Finished in 2017
Mr. Tysarczyk began working with the center’s research protocols in the Spring 2016. He is a kinesiology major in the movement science option, and is expected to graduate in 2017. Upon graduating from Penn State he plans to continue his education by completing a physician assistant program.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Researcher
Mr. Kaschak began working at our center in 2014 because of his interest in concussions/neurology and his involvement on the Penn State men’s soccer team. The center has allowed him to combine his love for sports and his desire to gain further insight into concussion, which resulted in him completing his honors thesis on mTBI and the impact it has on academics. Christian hopes to have this thesis published, and plans to continue on to pursue medical school.
Mr. Eiben began working with the center in Spring 2016. He is majoring in kinesiology, and is the vice president of Penn State’s men’s club lacrosse team. After graduating from Penn State, Jay intends to use the knowledge and skills he acquired at the center to pursue medical school and work towards his M.D.
Mr. DeGaetano began working as an undergraduate intern for our center in Spring 2016. He is expected to graduate Spring 2017 with his B.S. in kinesiology. After graduating, he plans to continue his education to earn his master’s degree to pursue a career as an athletic trainer or as a physician assistant.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis Researcher
Ms. Atif joined the center as an undergraduate intern in Fall 2014. She is a junior currently working on her honors thesis research and plans to submit her work in 2017 when she completes her degree in science: biological. After graduating from Penn State, Hamna will be attending the Penn State College of Medicine to pursue her goal of becoming a pediatrician.
Mr. Starner began working at our center at the beginning of 2016. He is currently a junior majoring in kinesiology: movement science, and became increasingly interested in concussion after the large media surfacing of CTE & professional football. He is working to further our research in hopes of making contact sport safer and lowering the frequency of concussions in sport. After graduating from Penn State he plans to pursue graduate school to obtain his degree in physical therapy.
Mr. Garikipati began working with our center in Spring 2015 to work on circuit design and development for our research protocols. He is currently a junior majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in biology. After graduating from Penn State, Anurag plans to attend graduate school for electrical engineering to pursue a career in the medical device industry.
Ms. Schilken is currently a junior majoring in psychology:neuroscience and minoring in biology. She began working with the center in the Fall of 2014. After completing her degree at Penn State, she plans to attend graduate school before pursuing a career in the health sciences.
Mr. May began volunteering at the center in April of 2016. After completing his undergraduate degree at Penn State, Derrick plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery and earn his MBA, after which he hopes to spend 3 years of active duty in the Navy before finishing his residency.
Mr. DeGregory began getting involved with the center’s research in Fall 2015. He is a biological sciences and health professions major. Vincent is on track to graduate in August 2016, but plans to still continue to volunteer at our concussion center for the following year. After graduating from Penn State he plans to attend medical school in August 2017.
Ms. Cvanciger began working as an intern for our center in Fall 2015. She is majoring in kinesiology and minoring in biology. Grace currently works as an EMT for the University Ambulance Service. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to continue her education to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
Mr. Doyle is a senior who joined the center in 2016. He studies immunology & infectious disease with biology, microbiology, and Spanish minors. As a member of the Penn State Boxing Team, he is passionate about the safety of contact sports and hopes to continue to study the effects of traumatic brain injuries while attending medical school.
Ms. Gupta joined the center as an undergraduate intern as a sophomore in 2015 as a pre-medical: neuroscience student. After her own serious brain injury in 2014, she has developed a great passion for studying brain injuries. She aspires to become a specialist in brain injury therapies to help other patients. She has written a chapter with Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, titled “The Paradigm Shift of Concussions and their Management in an Orthopedic Setting” for the book Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sports-Related Concussions.
Ms. Wilson started volunteering at the center her freshman year at Penn State, and has continued to contribute to our research over the past four semesters. She is currently a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering, and is expected to graduate in Fall 2018. After graduating from Penn State she plans to attend medical school to specialize in sports medicine.
Ms. Milas began working as an intern for the center in Spring 2015 as a freshman. She started working with us early in her college career to prepare to do her senior honors thesis on concussion at the center. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to attend medical school to specialize in sports medicine focusing on concussive injury. Natalie’s dream job would be to work in pediatrics and continue her research as a clinician.
John Gaspich III
Mr. Gaspich began working with the Center for Sport Concussion in Fall 2014, majoring in biology:neuroscience and minoring in kinesiology. John’s passion for pediatric concussion research stems from his firsthand personal experience with pediatric TBI. John experienced, lived through, and functioned as a caregiver during his brother’s recovery over a seven year period from a severe concussive injury. Upon graduation, John intends to pursue an integrated medical degree program, either M.D./M.B.A or M.D./PhD.
Ms. Higgins is a senior studying kinesiology with a movement science specialty. She started working for the center in Fall 2016. Sarah’s passion for sports orthopedics and concussion research comes from her involvement in various sports throughout her whole life as well as from suffering from multiple concussions. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school to become a Physicians assistant specializing in sports orthopedics or neuroscience.
Mr. Cohen is a Sophomore majoring in Economics and Pre-Medicine.
He developed a passion for concussion research from personal experience; he had to miss 2 years of college due to concussions. After graduating, Mr. Cohen hopes to go to medical school and specialize in neurology with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Mr. Earl began working with the Center in Fall 2017, majoring in Kinesiology and pursuing a Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate. Sam’s passion for concussion research increased after his own nine week concussion, being treated by the Center’s very own Dr. Peter Seidenberg, MD. After graduating, he plans to do something within exercise physiology specializing in concussion treatment, management, and prevention.
Mr. Furst is a senior majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. Through his involvement with athletics, he has personally experienced concussions and has also seen many of his teammates sustain head injuries. This has motivated him to pursue research related to concussions and brain injury. He is currently an EMT for the University Ambulance Service and Centre LifeLink EMS. He will be attending medical school following his graduation from Penn State.
Ms. Ernst is currently a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology with a movement science option. Her interest in concussion research comes from being involved with sports her whole life, having a desire to help others, and wanting to contribute to future research involving physical activity. After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school for a Master’s in sports management with intentions of pursuing a career relating to the business aspect of sports.