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Sports medicine group recognizes work of Benedictine pre-med student

January 28, 2015

Lisle, Illinois ~Christopher Kargl, who worked in the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory with four other students as part of Benedictine University's Summer Research Program, got more than he bargained for when he presented the group's results at a regional meeting of sports medicine professionals.

Kargl, a senior Biology major and the son of Jeffry and Lisa Kargl of Downers Grove, was presented the 2014 Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award at the 42nd annual meeting of the Midwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine held November 7-8 in Merrillville, Ind.

Kargl lead his group in a study looking at the effects of grapefruit juice on the cortisol response to exercise. Based on previous studies at rest, it was hypothesized that the cortisol response would be increased. But the findings of the study in plasma suggested otherwise.

While the results of the study were a bit surprising, Kargl's award was not, at least not to his faculty mentor.

"During the presentation, Christopher was professional and handled the questions well," said Pedro Del Corral, program director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Program at Benedictine University. "This did not surprise me as at that time he was ranked No. 1 in his BIOL 358 -- Exercise Physiology class.

"Christopher worked effectively with his teammates," Del Corral added. "He participated in subject recruitment, data collection and laboratory analysis. Christopher is a pre-med student, but if he chooses, he could develop into a promising scientist."

The College of Science Summer Research Program at Benedictine University offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, hone laboratory skills and gain hands-on experience by working closely with faculty on a variety of scientific research projects.

The Midwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine was founded in 1972 to follow, fulfill and promote, at the regional level, the objectives of the American College of Sports Medicine. A chapter rich in tradition with a strong student focus, it offers its members outstanding educational programs and opportunities for networking through the regional annual meeting.

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine University at a Spring Open House from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives, tour campus and learn for themselves why Forbes magazine named Benedictine one of "America's Top Colleges" four years in a row.

To RSVP, go to ben.edu/springOH/. For more information, please contact Admissions at 630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu, or visit ben.edu/admissions.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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