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.
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.