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Participation in the Marquette Challenge helps students build leadership skills while giving forward to their future profession.
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Investing in the Profession, Connecting with the Community

The Marquette Challenge connects students with research in a meaningful way and builds leadership skills that will help them post-graduation. All funds raised support the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) — a national nonprofit that has funded $20 million in physical therapy research for 4 decades and helped jumpstart the careers of many of today’s leading physical therapist researchers.

Investing in the Future

Research funding is an investment in the physical therapy profession. In addition to improving care, research shows the value of physical therapy to patients and payers alike. Every aspect of physical therapy – from education to practice – is bolstered by quality research. Our research propels innovation that helps people get better faster.

Students Give Forward

The Challenge is critical to our ability to carry out our mission. Since 1989, more than 300 schools have participated, raising $4.6 million for research. Funds raised through the Challenge provide funding for clinical researchers and support the rigorous scientific review process that sets FPTR apart in physical therapy research funding. Every donation is critical to the success of this annual student-led fundraiser and the Foundation’s ability to carry out its mission.

Special Recognition

Each year, all participating schools are recognized for their contributions to research. FPTR also recognizes fundraising with special awards for creativity, exemplary efforts, and yearly totals. Schools that raise $3,000 are awarded Honorable Mention, schools that raise $6,000 are awarded a Merit Award, schools that raise $10,000 are awarded an Excellence Award, and schools that raise over $20,000 in a Challenge year are awarded a Distinction Award.

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“Our students at VCU enjoy being involved in the Marquette Challenge not only because they understand that it is a way to contribute to the profession but also because it is fun! They link the fundraising events to social events for their class. They also invite their clinical instructors — particularly those who are local or are VCU alumni — which helps them build their professional network.”

Shawne E Soper, PT, DPT, MBA, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University