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  • Studentships in Motor Control Studies at Penn State

    We are currently seeking graduate students to join our studies examining
    neural control of limb dynamics. Applications for Fall 2002 admissions and
    financial aid are now being accepted for the Masters and Ph.D. degree

    The Department:

    The Penn State Kinesiology program is one of the most rigorous movement
    science programs in the United States. We have world renowned researchers in
    almost every area of human movement science. Students in our program benefit
    from the rich, educational environment in the department of Kinesiology at
    Penn State. In addition to direct mentorship with Dr. Robert Sainburg, the
    applicant will benefit from collaborators, including Dr. Mark Latash and Dr.
    John Challis, and Dr. David Rosenbaum. Frequently, our seminar series invite
    world renowned researchers to Penn State. In addition, our research
    environment includes : The Center for Locomotion Studies (CELOS) under the
    directiorship of Dr. Peter Cavanagh, the Biomechanics Laboratory, directed
    by Dr. Vladmir Zatsiorsky, the Motor Control Laboratory, directed by Dr.
    Mark Latash, the Action Laboratory, directed by Dr. Dagmar Sternad, the
    Psychophysiology of movement Laboratory, directed by Dr. Semyon Slobounov,
    Dr. Karl Newell's Motor Control and Learning Laboratory, the Sensorimotor
    Development Laboratory of Dr. Jan Visser, Dr. David Rosenbaum's Laboratory
    (Psychology Department), and the world renowned Noll Physiology

    The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory:

    The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory is located within the Kinesiology
    department at The Pennsylvania State University. Our research program is
    focused on discerning the neural mechanisms underlying control of multijoint
    reaching movements in humans. Specifically, two major limbs of our research
    address the roles of proprioception and vision in planning and executing
    reaching movements, and the neural foundations of handedness. Our techniques
    employ both psychophysical experiments and biomechanical simulations to
    determine the neural processes underlying control of the complex mechanics
    of the musculoskeletal system. The laboratory is equipped for 3-Dimensional
    kinematic recordings, electromyographic recordings, and force/torque
    transducer recordings for isometric studies. We are currently implementing a
    robot arm manipulandum for studies employing application of forces to the
    arm during movement. Our laboratory has several high-end computer
    workstations for computational simulations. Custom software, developed
    within our laboratory, is used to interface this equipment.


    Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by

    the Graduate School Admissions Office no later than January 20, 2002. The
    available assistantships are for approximately $11,000/year and include a
    tuition remission. For admission of a student into the Motor Control Program
    and the Movement Neuroscience Laboratory, the main considerations are: (a)
    the course background of the student (science courses, including Physics,
    Mathematics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Anatomy, Physiology, etc.); (b)
    the student's GRE scores, especially quantitative, and (c) the student's
    record of interest in human movement science and academic performance in
    related courses. 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: Robert L. Sainburg, 266
    Recreation Hall, University Park, PA 16802, Phone: (814) 865-7937, E-mail:

    If you are seriously considering Graduate Work at Penn State, please request
    Department and University information from:

    Jennifer Parkes
    Penn State University
    Kinesiology Department
    146 Recreation Building
    University Park, PA 16802
    (814) 863-0847
    __________________________________________________ ______________
    __________________________________________________ ______________

    Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
    Pennsylvania State University
    266 Recreation Building
    University Park PA 16802
    Tel.: (814)-865-7937

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