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    Graduate Study in Biomechanics at UT Austin:

    The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin is
    actively seeking highly motivated M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students
    interested in studying the biomechanics and motor control of human
    movement. Funding is available for qualified individuals. Applications
    for Fall 2002 admissions and financial aid are now being
    accepted. Applications should be received by February 1, 2002 for students
    to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid options; however,
    applications will continue to be considered until August 1, 2002.

    The Department of Kinesiology and the Biomechanics Laboratory at The
    University of Texas offers comprehensive advanced training in the
    biomechanics of human motion leading to both M.S. and Ph.D.
    degrees. Students can take introductory and advanced level courses in such
    areas as Research Methodologies, Biomechanics of Human Movement,
    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Biomechanics of Sport, Neuromuscular Bases of
    Motor Control, Neural Control of Posture and Locomotion, Principles of
    Neuroscience, Advanced Exercise Physiology, Physiology of Aging, and
    more. In addition to the courses offered by the Department of Kinesiology,
    students take classes in other areas, such as Biomedical Engineering,
    Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology. Additional
    advanced courses, including research seminars, are also offered. Some
    background in the biological sciences is desirable and a good aptitude for
    math and mechanics is crucial. Fluent English is required.

    The 1500 square foot Biomechanics Laboratory is well equipped to do
    research in various fields of human movement biomechanics. The Laboratory
    is equipped to measure 3D movement kinematics, externally applied forces
    and loads, and electromyographic (EMG) activity during a wide variety of
    human movement tasks. Current areas of research interest include: local
    and global dynamic stability and falling; the nature and role of "noise" in
    neuromuscular control; experimental validation of appropriate locomotor
    model structures; "damage tracking" and the dynamics of repetitive stress
    injuries; and the acquisition of skilled/coordinated movements across the
    learning process. A focal point of many of these research projects will be
    applying and adapting methodologies from classical mechanics and nonlinear
    dynamics to analyze the biomechanical aspects of neuromuscular control
    problems. These research projects involve integrating methodologies and
    techniques developed in the fields of biomechanics, motor control,
    engineering, physics, and physiology. The goal of the lab is to use these
    techniques to address interesting questions that arise in both the basic
    sciences and clinical practice.

    Applications for admission and financial aid should be received by the
    Graduate School Admissions Office no later than February 1, 2002 in order
    for students to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid
    options. However, applications received up until August 1, 2002 will also
    be considered. 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, Anatomy,
    Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control and Learning, etc.); (b) the
    student's GRE scores ("quantitative" and "analytical" scores should
    preferably be in the 600's or above); 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 graduate program,
    please visit our departmental homepage at

    Candidates are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest to: Dr.
    Jonathan Dingwell, Director, Biomechanics Laboratory, 222 Bellmont Hall
    (Mail Code D3700), University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712;
    Phone: 512-471-4405, Fax: 512-471-8914, Email:

    If you are seriously considering graduate study at the University of Texas,
    you can request complete Department and University information from:

    Ms. Shirlie Bazemore
    Graduate Coordinator
    Phone: 512-471-1273
    Fax: 512-471-8914

    UT Kinesiology Department:
    University of Texas Graduate School:
    The University of Texas:

    Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

    Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
    Universtiy of Texas at Austin
    Campus Mail Code: D3700
    Belmont Hall 222
    Austin, Texas 78712

    Phone: 512-471-4405
    Fax: 512-471-8914

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