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MSU graduate student wins third place in international competition

Erika Rauk, a graduate student in exercise physiology and nutrition in the Montana State University Department of Health and Human Development, recently won third place in the Young Investigator Awards contest at the International Congress on Science and Skiing held in Austria. Rauk, who competed against young researchers from all over the world, presented a poster on "The Influence of Slope Angle and Gate Length during Slalom Training in Developing Alpine Ski Racers."

Rauk was also the recent 2013 Graduate Student Research Grant Winner from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition. The grant will provide funds for research to compare high fructose corn syrup-sweetened beverages and glucose-sweetened beverages and their effects on exercise metabolism. 

Rauk has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Montana and a bachelor's degree in food and nutrition from MSU. She also completed a dietetic internship through Idaho State University and has had her work published in the "Journal of Chromatography, Electrophoresis, and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry."

John Seifert, MSU associate professor of health and human performance, is Rauk's mentor.