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10-05-1999, 07:56 AM
Graduate study in Biomechanics at The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Kinesiology and the Biomechanics Laboratory at
The Pennsylvania State University offer comprehensive advanced training in
the biomechanics of human motion. Applications for Fall 2000 admissions and
financial aid are now being accepted for the Ph.D. degree program.

This unique and rigorous program includes advanced coursework in
biomechanics and neighboring fields of science, weekly colloquia and
seminars, apprenticeship in the biomechanics laboratory and instructional
mentoring. Students develop a coherent area of expertise by designing an
academic program that includes introductory and advanced graduate courses
in classes such as Experimental Methods in Biomechanics and Motor Control,
Advanced Biomechanics of Human Movement, Modeling in Biomechanics, Sports
Biomechanics, Locomotion Studies, Musculoskeletal Mechanics, Forensic
Biomechanics, Motor Control, Motor Learning, Neurophysiological Basis of
Movement, Psychophysiology of Movement, Applied Muscle Physiology, Skeletal
Physiology, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Engineering of Human Work, and
others. In addition to the courses offered by the Department of
Kinesiology, students take classes in other areas, such as Mechanical
Engineering, Mathematics, and Psychology. Additional advanced courses,
including research seminars, are also offered. Some background in the
biological sciences is desirable for this curriculum; a good aptitude for
math/mechanics is crucial.

The Biomechanics Laboratory is well equipped to do research in various
fields of human movement biomechanics. The Laboratory recently moved to a
new location and presently occupies approximately 2200 square feet of space
divided into 7 rooms.
Areas of research currently being conducted are: force sharing among
fingers as a model of the redundancy problem, hand biomechanics and finger
control in multi-digit tasks, biomechanics of standing posture, the
response of lumbar spine to mechanical load studied in vivo with MRI,
maximal power production in human movement, wavelet analysis of EMG
recordings, and impact biomechanics. A continuing focus for many of the
research projects will be analyzing the biomechanical aspects of motor
control problems.

Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by
the Graduate School Admissions Office no later than January 20, 2000. The
available assistantships are for approximately $10,000/year and include a
tuition remission. For admission of a student into the Biomechanics
Program, the main considerations are: (a) the course background of the
student (science courses, including Physics, Mechanics, Mathematics,
Computer Science, Anatomy, Physiology, etc.); (b) the student's mathematics
("quantitative") GRE score, which should be at least in the high 600's, and
preferably in the 700's ; and (c) the student's record of interest and
academic performance in the biomechanics of human movement. Outstanding
students from the biological and engineering sciences are encouraged to
apply. For more information about the program, please visit our lab
homepage at the address "http://www.psu.edu/dept/biomechanics".

Candidates should send a letter of interest to: Prof. Vladimir M.
Zatsiorsky, Director, Biomechanics Laboratory, 39 Recreation Hall,
University Park, PA
16802, Phone: (814) 865-3445, Fax: (814) 865-2440, E-mail: vxz1@psu.edu.

If you are seriously considering Graduate Work at Penn State, please
request Department and University information from:
Amy Bierly
Penn State University
Kinesiology Department
146 Recreation Building
University Park, PA 16802
e-mail: alb1@psu.edu
(814) 863-0847

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky
Professor of Kinesiology
Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory
39 Rec Bldg
University Park
PA 16802

Phone (voice) (814) 865-3445
Phone (message) (814) 863-7725
Fax (814) 865-2440
Email vxz1@psu.edu

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