Video: 2021 PODS I Michelle Rauzi, Shares Thoughts on Research and Funding

In 2021, the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) awarded $232,500 in Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) including $82,500 in PODS I Scholarship funding to 11 researchers. Among those researchers was Michelle Rauzi, PT, DPT, ATC, for her project titled: “Telehealth for Medically Complex Older Veterans.”

This scholarship was funded by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

Michelle is currently in the third year of PhD training at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The goal of her study is to improve Veterans’ health behaviors by increasing physical activity and thereby, improving their overall quality of life.

“Expanding knowledge in this area will serve to improve access to healthcare services, quality of life, and physical function in this underserved population,” said Michelle. “I am very thankful to FPTR, as well as all the donors, for making this scholarship possible.

In addition to the PODS I funding, FPTR also awarded $135,000 in PODS II Scholarship funding to 9 researchers and $15,000 towards the first PODS II/Combined NIFTI award.

Select Foundation Grants and Scholarships Awarded