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FALLS CHURCH, VA —The Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research (The Foundation) and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics (ABC) are proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 ABC Student Poster Prizes.

Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place; $1,000, $850, and $650, respectively. Each recipient was selected for their research presented in poster format at the 2023 American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists’ (the Academy) Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium on March 1-4 in Nashville, TN. All student posters accepted for presentation at the 2023 Academy Meeting were automatically considered for the contest.

First Place

Kristen John         

Madison Nastruz

          Ross Kelly

Northwestern University, Faculty Advisor: Matthew Major, PhD
The Effects of Prosthesis Mechanical Properties on Balance in Unilateral Transtibial Prosthesis Users: A Literature Review

Second Place

Shelby Rose Shelman

Christa Berry

Riley Greer

Ellyson Martens

California State University Dominguez Hills, Faculty Advisor: Julie Werner, PhD
Gross Motor Development in Children with Lower Limb Differences

Third Place

Jessica Townsend    

         Gracie Rink

Eastern Michigan University, Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Spragg, MSPO, CPO
Functional Priorities of Caregivers and their Children with Neuromuscular Disorders: A Literature Review

The Foundation Research Committee judging criteria included the quality and thoroughness of the research, originality and independence of the contributions, significance and timeliness of the research results, and the depth of understanding of the research topic.

“The Foundation is grateful to ABC for its sponsorship of these prizes and partnership in investing in future O&P practitioners,” said Donald Katz, MHA, CO/L, FAAOP, co-chair of The O&P Foundation board of directors. “The Foundation board of directors would also like to extend its appreciation to all those who served as clinical and scientific reviewers for this year’s submissions. Their guidance and support ensure that all applicants receive constructive feedback to help them grow further in their research interest endeavors.”


About The Foundation

The Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research (The Foundation) is the only national nonprofit dedicated to funding O&P education and research whose mission is to advance the art and science of orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) rehabilitation by enhancing clinical practices through professional training awards, promoting educational opportunities through academic scholarships, strengthening the body of knowledge through research grants and fellowships, and inspiring excellence through the recognition of scholarly achievements. To learn more about The Foundation, visit


About ABC

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics is the comprehensive credentialing organization whose mission is to establish and advocate for the highest patient care and organizational standards in the provision of safe and effective orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic services. To learn more, please visit


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