By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Libby Nichols just recently wrapped up an outstanding career playing lacrosse at Division II Philadelphia University.READ MORE: New Jersey Forest Fire Service Battling Active 70-Acre Wildfire In Bass River State Forest
She was her conference’s Player of the Year as a senior this season. As successful as she has been on the field, her academic pursuits are even more impressive.
Nichols, who graduated pre-med, was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.READ MORE: Study: Pennsylvania Among Most Effective States At Combating COVID-19
Fulbright is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, so Nichols is set to spend 10 months in Germany where she will study the cognitive effects of heading a ball on youth soccer players.
“I’m going to be giving them a neuro-cognitive test before a practice or a game, and then I’ll sit there and I’ll count the exact number of headers that my participants take and then give them the same test directly afterwards and see if there’s a difference,” said Nichols. “Really do a lot of repetitions of this project.”MORE NEWS: Tax Day Is Monday May 17: Here's Everything You Need To Know About Filing Your 2020 Taxes
Nichols is the third Philadelphia University Fulbright award winner in the last five years.