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Clark Dickin
01-28-2008, 05:31 AM
The University of Idaho Exercise Science and Health program
(http://coe.ed.uidaho.edu/index.cfm?SiteID=8&PageID=362) is actively
seeking motivated graduate students to pursue either Master's or
Doctoral degrees in motor control/learning. Graduate assistantships for
qualified students are available starting in the fall of 2008. To
receive full consideration applications are due February 1st, but please
keep in mind this is not a HARD deadline and applications are always
accepted for admission. If you are interested please contact us as soon
as possible to begin the application process and be considered for
assistantship funding.

Coursework is offered in numerous areas including motor control, motor
learning, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and statistics. Additional
coursework is available in human factors, neuroscience and engineering.
In addition to the coursework students will be actively involved in a
variety of research projects within the department, which will help to
foster the student's ultimate thesis or dissertation project.

Admissions Criteria:

The primary considerations for admission include: 1) academic
background; ideal student will have a background in exercise science or
engineering, 2) quantitative and verbal GRE scores, 3) research interest
of the student, 4) and letter of intent.

Current Research Program:

The Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Idaho is engaged
in a variety of projects furthering our understanding of the mechanical
and neuromuscular characteristics of human movement. The student(s)
accepted for this position will be working with and interdisciplinary
team of researchers with collaborations across the campus including
Neuroscience and Human Factors, as well as with individuals in the
medical community and Washington State University (only 8 miles away).
Current research in the lab is focused on:

* The control of posture in altered sensory environments in
individuals with Parkinson's disease.

* The effects of whole body vibration on the control of posture

* The effects of fatigue on force production and muscle activity

* Aquatic treadmill exposure and its impact of postural stability

* Blood pressure regulation and dysregulation on stability and
falling in older adults

Laboratory Facilities:

The Human Performance Laboratory a NeuroCom SMART Equitest, 2 - 16
Channel Biopac EMG systems, HydroWorx Underwater Treadmill, Translucent
Technologies LCD spectacles, Dartfish motion analysis software and a
SensorMedics Metabolic cart. In addition the laboratory will soon be
equipped with 2 AMTI force plates, an 8 camera motion analysis system,
and an EEG system for assessing brain activity. In addition to theses
primary measurement systems, the laboratory has a variety of switches,
load cells and accelerometers.


Graduate assistants (GA) are expected to contribute to the work and
research in the Laboratory, as well as teach undergraduate kinesiology
laboratories and physical activity classes within the department.

For more information about the graduate program, please visit our
departmental homepage at

For more information about applying to the UI grad school, contact
Graduate Admissions: http://www.students.uidaho.edu/gradadmissions

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

Dr. Clark Dickin

Assistant Professor

Phone: 208-885-2189

Fax: 208-885-5929

Email: cdickin@uidaho.edu