DPT Students Recognized by Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

Sargent College Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students joined more than 150 other schools this year to raise $266,019 for physical therapy research. Now in its 31st year, the annual Marquette Challenge is a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.

BU Sargent students were honored with the Award of Merit for raising more than $6,000 for the organization. DPT students Randi Steiner and JT Orban accepted the award on BU’s behalf.

DPT students JT Orban (left) and Randi Steiner (right) accept the Award of Merit for Sargent’s participation in the Marquette Challenge.


Funds raised through the Challenge go to physical therapy research grants and scholarships and support the rigorous scientific review process that helps the Foundation identify the most promising new investigators. Since 2002, 27 research grants and scholarships have been awarded in the name of the Challenge. Funds from the Challenge also helped fund a recent high priority research grant to look at physical therapy interventions for older adults suffering from multiple chronic conditions.

Top fundraising schools and special awards were announced on June 13, 2019, at the Foundation’s Awards Luncheon held during the 2019 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) NEXT Conference and Exposition in Chicago. The luncheon was cohosted by Marquette University and sponsored by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).