As a leader of a team researching skeletal muscle health during aging and inactivity, Kyle Hackney knows how hard it is to find funds to complete projects. With donor support, his team can obtain small equipment and supplies, and even compensate students to help in his lab. He says these initial funds give his team the momentum it needs to take its work to larger funding sponsors: “With an idea that tackles a major problem in society, obtaining funds without preliminary data to support your claim is difficult.” But when his team is fully supported, everybody wins. The faculty members get quality help, the students obtain their degrees with less debt, and NDSU sends highly trained individuals out into society. “The support we receive is what keeps everything running so smoothly,” Kyle says.
Kyle Hackney, Assistant Professor, College of Human Sciences and Education