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cdickin33
01-11-2011, 10:38 AM
The Ball State University Biomechanics program is seeking motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomechanics starting in Fall 2011.

The Biomechanics Laboratory at BSU provides students with the opportunity for advanced study related to the application of mechanical principles to human motion. Students completing the MS degree will obtain the skills and knowledge that can lead to a career in allied health occupations, corporate biomechanics, laboratory research, or allow them to continue their education for an advanced doctoral degree after graduation.

Research/teaching assistantships are competitive and based on students' strengths and experiences, with typical funding periods lasting two years. Students receiving funding will work on research in the laboratory in addition to some teaching responsibilities within the school (kinesiology courses, labs, and activity courses).

Current areas of interest include the effects of physical activity history on the musculoskeletal response of the lower limbs, gait and balance in older adults, individuals with Parkinson's disease and Cerebral Palsy, the application of whole body vibration to both clinical and healthy populations (cyclists, college athletes), reflexive responses following fatigue or vibration, and functional evaluation of total/partial knee replacement. The laboratory contains state of the art equipment to measure human movement some of which includes, multiple high speed motion capture systems (Vicon and PEAK systems), 3 in-ground force plates (AMTI), multiple surface electromyography systems (Delsys, Biopac), dynamometry (Cybex Norm), force instrumented treadmill (AMTI), and a NeuroCom SMART Balance Master. Classes are focused on methods, instrumentation, research procedures, statistics, and other special topics.

Applicants should have:

1. A bachelor degree in one of the following fields: kinesiology, exercise science, athletic training, biomedical or mechanical engineering, or other exercise science related field.

2. Strong oral and written communication skills including computer skills.

3. Evidence or interest in mechanical/neurological principles of human motion, including motion analysis, force development and application, muscle activation and clinical research.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the Biomechanics Laboratory website (http://www.bsu.edu/biomechanics) and contact the faculty member(s) they are interested in working with to discuss opportunities within the lab as well as the compatibility of research interests between the students and the faculty member.

Biomechanics Faculty:

Dr. Clark Dickin: (http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/Biomechanics/People/FacultyStaff/Faculty/DickinClark.aspx)

Dr. Henry Wang: (http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CollegesandDepartments/Biomechanics/People/FacultyStaff/Faculty/WangHenry.aspx)

Application deadline is February 15, 2011