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03-12-2009, 05:37 AM
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina is actively seeking motivated graduate students to pursue Masterís degrees in Kinesiology through the Neuromechanical Research Centre, specifically in the areas of Biomechanics and Motor Control. Graduate assistantships for qualified students are available starting in the fall of 2009. Competitive internal scholarship opportunities are also available to highly qualified students. To receive consideration, applications should be submitted before May 31, 2009.

Admission Criteria

The primary considerations for admission include: 1) the studentís academic background and 2) the specific area of research interest, which should be described in a 1-2 page letter of intent. The ideal student will have an undergraduate degree in kinesiology or biomedical engineering, with some research experience at the undergraduate level (for e.g., an Honourís thesis) and sufficient course preparation in the areas of biomechanics and motor control. Students with an interest in biomechanics and motor control as they apply to aging may also apply to the Graduate Program in Gerontology, an interdisciplinary program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Work. Applicants to the Gerontology program must have a 4-year undergraduate degree in kinesiology, psychology, health studies, health science, biology or an equivalent health professional degree.

Note: The deadline for receiving admission applications for Gerontology is March 31, 2009.

Research Environment

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies is a young and dynamic member of the university community with administrative responsibility for both academic and co-curricular programs. The Faculty is located in the $32 million Centre for Kinesiology, Health, and Sport, which opened in September 2004. The Centre has outstanding laboratory and research facilities, including the fully equipped Neuromechanical Research Centre, the Allied Health Centre and the Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre. The University of Regina is a comprehensive institution that emphasizes excellence in teaching, research and service. For more details about the university, visit the web site at http://www.uregina.ca. The City of Regina is the seat of the Provincial Government and is renowned for the spectacular Wascana Park, the largest urban park in North America, as well as for its vibrant arts, culture, and recreation scene. The Province of Saskatchewan is currently an economic leader in Canada, enjoying unprecedented financial growth despite the current global economic downturn.

Neuromechanical Research Centre

The Neuromechanical Research Centre (NMRC) at the University of Regina is engaged in a variety of diverse projects which relate to exploring the workings of the neuromuscular system as it relates to human movement and health. Students accepted into the graduate program in Kinesiology and Health Studies will have opportunities to work with interdisciplinary researchers in other faculties including Engineering and Computer Science, as well as with health care professionals located in the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. The NMRC operates under the direction of Dr. John M. Barden and is a 2600 sq. ft. research space dedicated to the analysis of human movement. It is equipped with a 6-camera, 3D optical tracking motion capture system, two force plates, an isokinetic dynamometer and an 8-channel telemetered EMG system. The NMRC conducts research in the areas of biomechanics and motor control. Examples of NMRC research projects include gait analysis before and after total knee replacement surgery, limb dynamics associated with proprioceptive reaching, postural control in children with developmental coordination disorder, stroke mechanics in competitive swimming and interjoint coupling in drumming.


Graduate students will actively contribute to the research taking place in the NMRC and to the teaching of labs for undergraduate courses in musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics, motor learning and/or motor development.

For more information about Graduate Programs at the University of Regina, please go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research home page at: http://www.uregina.ca/gradstudies/

For questions concerning the NMRC and graduate study opportunities in biomechanics and motor control, please contact:

Dr. John M. Barden
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4S 0A2
Phone: 1 (306) 585-4629
Fax: 1 (306) 585-4854
Email: john.barden@uregina.ca
Webpage: http://kinesiology.uregina.ca/ (note: a new web site is currently under construction)

John M. Barden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4S 0A2
Office: (306) 585-4629
Lab: (306) 585-4909
Fax: (306) 585-4854
E-mail: john.barden@uregina.ca