WC Sophomore Is Youngest Delegate Ever Named to Sport Psychology Association

February 24, 2016

Travis Scheadler Promoting Undergraduate Student Research in Sport Psychology

Wilmington College sophomore Travis Scheadler is looking forward to sharing his interest in research with undergraduate psychology students across the country as the youngest delegate ever named to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Scheadler, of Goshen, has a dual major in psychology and exercise science, a suitable combination for one looking to pursue a career in clinical sport psychology.

His focus with the association, whose student members are typically graduate and Ph.D. students, is the AASP’s student initiative highlighting best practices in research. He will learn about current research being conducted in the field of sport and exercise psychology, and related fields, and promote and raise awareness for student research.

Scheadler will be collaborating with other student delegates in developing strategies such as on-camera scripts detailing how to conduct research, select topics, draw conclusions and find a mentor.

“We want to make the idea of doing research more interesting, more appealing to students,” he said. “It is our goal to come up with creative presentations that students can access to help guide them through research.”

Student-faculty research is a cornerstone of Wilmington College’s hallmark for hands-on learning and Scheadler wishes to share his research experiences with those not yet familiar with this scholarly endeavor, which not only increases subject knowledge and scholarship but also stands out as a bullet point on any college graduate’s resume.

“Ideally, I’ll help spark a love for research via social media and through other association communications,” he added. His term as a delegate runs from January to the AASP’s annual meeting in September in Arizona and includes a regional meeting in Indianapolis.

Once Scheadler decided upon psychology as his major, he became fascinated with sport psychology and felt WC’s new major in exercise science would complement his academic studies.

He is active at WC outside the classroom in a number of co-curricular and leadership development activities. Scheadler serves as the educational awareness chair with Servant Leaders Executive Board, a math tutor and member of Amnesty International. Also, he is a resident adviser in Denver Hall and competes on the track and field team.

“Once I got here, I fell in love with Wilmington College,” he said. “For me, it was one of those moments when you’re on campus and realize, ‘This is where I want to be.’”