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Sport Management Seniors Present Research Projects

December 13, 2017

Eighteen Fisher Sport Management seniors breathed out a collective sigh of relaxation on Monday, Dec. 11, after successfully completing individual research projects as part of the program’s curriculum.

Student Joe Grannell discusses his research with Dr. Ann Marie Fallon, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Each student picked a topic of their own interest, designed a full study, and collected and analyzed data in order to answer their research question. Topics ranged from an examination of coaching longevity and on-field success to an investigation into the decline of NASCAR television ratings and attendance, to an exploration of motivational factors impacting U.S. sports fan interest in international rugby.

 “I’m thrilled to be finished with it after such a long process,” said December graduate James Coyne, who investigated the relationship between incidents of domestic violence committed by NFL players and fan attendance.  “It was a challenge, but I am proud that I worked through it and finished strong.”

Fellow senior Emma Kilmer agreed.

“Completing my senior thesis was such a great feeling knowing that the work I put into it over the past two semesters turned into a great product with results I can use in my future career,” said Kilmer, who will be completing her 400-hour internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins starting in January. She examined the elements of a hockey game that attract fans to the AHL.  

“I’m immensely proud of all the students in this class,” said Dr. Katharine Burakowski, the students’ research mentor and course instructor. “Each student worked through the challenges of producing original research and should consider their projects successful – something to really feel proud about.” 

Campus community members including Dr. Ann Marie Fallon, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, attended the poster presentation and served as guest evaluators.