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    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 2001 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: 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, 2001. 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 "".

    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:

    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
    (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
    Fax (814) 865-2440

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