Marquette Challenge

Marquette University PT students initiated The Marquette Challenge in 1989 as a fundraising effort to support physical therapy research through the Foundation for Physical Therapy. MUPT students challenge others at PT and PTA national programs to raise money for PT research.

In 2015, the University of Pittsburgh raised $36,000 and won 1st Place and in doing so earns the right to co-host the Challenge next year with Marquette as the 2015-16 Pittsburgh – Marquette Challenge.

Last year we had an unprecedented 146 programs participate to raise a total of $275,423 in the 2013-2014 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge. In celebrating the first 25 years of the Marquette Challenge, PT and PTA students nation-wide have now raised over 3 million dollars for physical therapy research over the life of the Challenge.

The Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle is a category of awards given to top schools that have participated in the Challenge for 10 years or more. It recognizes cumulative giving through the annual Challenge by schools.

The Cornerstone Society of the Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle is awarded to those schools raising a minimum of $50,000 over the years: Emory University, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Washington University in St. Louis. The Challenge Society award includes the University of Miami for donating at least $100,000 over the years.

Marquette University belongs to the Collegiate Society award for donating $200,000 for a total of 10 years.

The highest level of recognition in the Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle is the Crest Society, for a school that has donated at least $400,000 and participated in the Challenge for 10 years or more: The University of Pittsburgh is the sole member of the Crest Society.

Get On the List!

Contact the following if your school wishes to step up to the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh – Marquette Challenge and raise money for PT research in kicking off the second quarter century of the Challenge. You can also check out the Foundation’s website on the Challenge to learn more.

Marquette Challenge Coordinators

Kaitlyn Popovich
Rachel Sand
Jacqueline Sokop
Kristen Garey
Nicole Roth
Kathleen Schaefer
Allison Czaplewski
Caroline Miller
Jennifer Garbarz

Marquette University Faculty Co-Advisors

Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, Ph.D.
Lawrence J. Pan, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA


Contact Marquette's Physical Therapy Program

Email the department
Marquette University Program in Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 346
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7161
Fax: (414) 288-5987