Name, Image, & Likeness: NCAA Research Grant Program Recipients Named | GMTM

Name, Image, & Likeness: NCAA Research Grant Program Recipients Named

ByAndrew Pistone

Published on Sun Jan 02 2022

|

2 min read

Name, Image, & Likeness: NCAA Research Grant Program Recipients Named

The age-old saying “it takes one to know one” can be applied pretty accurately to many aspects of life. Whenever an individual can walk a mile in one’s shoes, they are more apt to understand the nuances of someone’s situation. Cliché’s and pearls of wisdom aside, these tried and tested values hold true for NCAA student-athletes as well. Because they’ve been entrenched in the middle of athletic competition and academic enrichment, they have an informed viewpoint on what happens in each arena.

Some of those student-athletes develop an additional curiosity about their athletic worlds, and want to use the intellectual capacities they’ve ripened to study topics more intimately in grad school. The NCAA has facilitated this growth by awarding five research proposals a maximum of $7,500 one time grants. The five students who received these grants will have the opportunity to share their findings with the NCAA Research Committee next fall.

While this gesture is certainly an altruistic one by the NCAA, it is also interesting to look at what topics each of the five students are looking to probe with this funding.

Temple University’s Nataliya Bredikhina will focus on the pursuit of name, image and likeness opportunities for college athletes. The study will touch on how many are interested in securing an NIL endorsement, and how the deal, or lack thereof, impacts their well-being. This is a hot button topic in 2021, since the rule change that was passed this summer allows players to profit from this.

Indiana University’s Jeff Ruser is also exploring an NIL adjacent topic, but more along the lines of how social media impacts athletes looking to promote their brand. Whether it’s a large name athlete competing in a revenue generating sport, or an athlete competing in a lesser known discipline, navigating the pitfalls of social media for this generation is a crucially important topic.

The University of Oklahoma’s Simran Kaur Sethi is taking a look at an area that is largely uncovered; international students who come to the United States to play college sports. Sethi is examining athletes who have competed here, and follows them after they graduate to find out how they are making out after the university phase of their life ends.

The University of Cincinnati’s Marcus Smith is taking a deeper dive into men’s college basketball with regards to the importance of race. Smith is examining this theme with regards to coaching and mentoring in the sport.

The University of Saint Louis’ Rebecca D. Taylor might have the most grim research subject, but it also can have the most important impact on saving lives. Taylor is examining the topic of suicidality in collegiate athletics, and will help shine a light on some demons student-athletes may be facing that will help the larger population as a whole understand what can be done to prevent this.

Are you an Athlete?

Create a free profile to access the largest network specifically designed to connect athletes to opportunities. Get started.

RELATED ARTICLES
NCAA Announces Division II Implementation Committee

NCAA Announces Division II Implementation Committee

In an effort to become more malleable across all of its bodies, the NCAA has spent considerable effort in the last several months trying to become more nimble in its decision making processes. One of...

ByAndrew Pistone | Thu Dec 30 2021
What Percentage of High School Athletes Play Sports in College?

What Percentage of High School Athletes Play Sports in College?

This is a common question among high school students who are looking to better understand their chances of making it at the next level. There are a variety of resources available to assess the...

ByLogan Furey | Sun Jan 16 2022
College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

College Basketball Scholarships: Four Unknown Truths Every Recruit Should Know

For many people in the basketball community, a college basketball scholarship is held in the highest esteem. It’s the ultimate status symbol - a golden ticket to a promising future and new world of...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sat Jan 15 2022
Sportico Launches College Athletics Financial Database

Sportico Launches College Athletics Financial Database

As the landscape surrounding dollars and cents in college athletics has been significantly impacted by changes to name, image and likeness rules, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been a...

ByAndrew Pistone | Thu Jan 06 2022
Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

Why The Transfer Portal Is So Important For College Basketball Coaches

2019 was a transformative year in NCAA athletics. The NCAA Transfer Portal, a database which allows other schools to confirm that a student-athlete can be recruited, was created, granting college...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sun Jan 16 2022