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04-30-2007, 11:41 PM
Ball State University's Biomechanics program
(http://www.bsu.edu/biomechanics/) has 3 graduate assistantships
available for pursuit of a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science
(specialization in Biomechanics) starting Fall 2007. The Biomechanics
program is designed to be completed within two years, and consists of
coursework in biomechanics, physiology, computer programming, research
methods & design. In addition to coursework, students will have the
opportunity to be involved in a variety of on-going research projects
within the Biomechanics Laboratory. This research experience will
provide the framework for their culminating thesis project.

Admissions Criteria:

The primary considerations for admission include: 1) academic
background; with an emphasis on basic science and mathematics course
work 2) quantitative and verbal GRE scores, and 3) research interest of
the student.

Overview of Research Program:

The research objective of the Biomechanics Laboratory is to further our
understanding of mechanical and neuromuscular characteristics of human
movement. In order to accomplish this we have established a broad
research agenda through interdisciplinary collaborations within the
university and with the local medical community. Current research in the
lab is focused on:

* The injury mechanisms and possible preventative strategies
* The effectiveness of clinical intervention strategies -
functional outcomes
* The effects of fatigue, structural limitations, and load
carriage on various aspects of human motion and performance
* The influence of both short-term (acute) and long-term (chronic)
exercise protocols on various biomechanical aspects of human health and
* The effects of perturbations and structural limitations on the
mechanics and energetics of locomotion.

Laboratory Facilities:

The Biomechanics Laboratory is well equipped for the study of human
movement. The laboratory has a 10 camera Vicon MX motion capture system,
Peak Motus motion capture system, 2 AMTI force plates, 2 Kistler force
plates, Neurocom SMART Balance Master, CompuTrainer and Velotron cycle
ergormeters, Delsys Myomonitor III EMG system, and a Delsys 16 channel
Bagnoli EMG system. In addition to theses primary measurement systems,
the laboratory has a variety of foot switches, accelerometers, load
cells, and linear position transducers.


Graduate assistants (GA) are expected to contribute to the work and
research of the Biomechanics Laboratory. During this process, GA's will
have the opportunity to work in both rehabilitation and sport
performance settings through our partnership with Midwest Health
Strategies (http://www.mwhsmotionanalysis.org/) as well as teach
undergraduate kinesiology laboratories.


Please send a letter of interest, one copy of official transcripts,
curriculum vitae or resume, and three letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Eric L. Dugan

School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science

Biomechanics Laboratory

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306.

If you have any questions regarding the position or application
procedures, please contact:

Eric L. Dugan, Ph.D.

Director, Biomechanics Laboratory

School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: (765) 285-5139

Fax: (765) 285-8596

Email: eldugan@bsu.edu