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Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute


Brooks Student Scholars

One of the traditions at Clemson is to engage students in the mission of the University, and the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute is no exception. Students who are interested in the study of sport will be invited to formally participate in the activities of the institute as Brooks Student Scholars. These students will include, but not be limited to, those students awarded Markvan Bellamy Brooks Endowed Scholarships, graduate students funded as teaching and/or research assistants in the institute's legacy departments (motorsports engineering, sports communication, sports management and sports marketing), or other students actively engaged in the study of sport. 

Markvan Bellamy Brooks Endowed Scholarship

Endowed in memory of Robert H. Brooks’ late son, Mark Brooks ’91, this fund provides scholarships to undergraduate students who major in one of the legacy programs. The following students were awarded Markvan Bellamy Brooks Endowed Scholarships for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Christopher Pearce – Automotive Engineering
  • Jack Kamsickas – Sports Management
  • Patrick Neal – Sports Communication
  • Melody Chambers – Sports Marketing

Click here to learn more about our most recent student awardees.

Students in one of our four legacy departments (automotive, sports marketing, sports communication, sports management) may contact their administrators for imformation on applying for the 2024-2025 scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 1. 

Research Seed Grants

Each year, competitive seed grants are awarded to Clemson faculty and researchers to engage in multidisciplinary sports research. The application cycle for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open. Click here for the RFP. The deadline to apply is March 29.

Congratulations to the following recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • Jessica Aviles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Industrual Engineering, for her proposal: "EXO SPORTS: Identifying the unique mobility and training needs of individuals with spinal cord injury for increased participation in exoskeleton marathon racing."
  • Marissa Shuffler-Porter, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, for her proposal: GETTING TO ‘ALL IN’: Team Development in the Context of NCAA Sports Teams."

Click here to learn more about our most recent awardees. Learn about past awardees in our 2022 Annual Report.

Robert H. Brooks Lecture Series in Sports Sciences

The inaugural lecture series, held in April 2018, featured NFL Coach Joe Gibbs. Gibbs spoke to students, faculty and sports fans-alike about his successful career on and off the field and the importance of maintaining life priorities in the face of great success.

The lecture series continues to feature notable speakers from the intersection of sports, society and academics. It highlights leading-edge work in sports sciences outside of the Institute and provides a mechanism for engaging the entire Clemson community in the Institute’s work.

Visit our Events page for details on the latest and upcoming lectures, which are always open to our campus community and the public. The 2024 lecture will take place this spring.