The Department of Kinesiology’s Alexander R. Brinker, a senior in exercise science, is discovering value in undergraduate research. Not only is his involvement in research setting him apart from his pre-med peers, but his hard work is beginning to pay off. Brinker was selected as the 2018 recipient of the $1,000 Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes one exceptional undergraduate student researcher at IUPUI each year.
Brinker has been researching since the summer after his freshman year. Being in downtown Indianapolis means that many opportunities exist for students to engage in research. This is how Brinker connected with research in the first place, by taking advantage of IUPUI's life and health science campus and finding an opportunity at the nearby IU School of Medicine in the Orthopaedic Research Lab.
While working for the lab, Brinker has been studying the forces of a launch into space on bone healing. The research simulated launch and evaluated the effects on mouse bone healing. This work culminated with him being one of the first authors in a research article that was published in the Life Sciences in Space Research journal in February 2018. And, this isn't his first research article he's contributed to while an undergraduate student, just the latest of three.