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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 students interested in pursuing an
    master's or Ph.D. degreee in biomechanics and/or 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 no later than February 1, 2003
    for students to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid options.

    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 Master's and Doctoral
    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; "damage tracking" and the
    dynamics of repetitive stress injuries; the acquisition of
    skilled/coordinated movements across the learning process; and the nature
    and role of "noise" in neuromuscular control; experimental validation of
    appropriate locomotor model structures. A focal point of many of these
    research projects will be applying and adapting both experimental and
    modeling approaches 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, 2003 for
    students to receive full consideration for ALL financial aid options. For
    admission of a student into the Motor Behavior 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
    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 graduate program, please visit our departmental web
    page at

    Candidates are strongly encouraged to send a letter of interest to: Dr.
    Jonathan Dingwell, Director, Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of
    Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin, 1
    University Station (D3700), Austin, Texas 78712-0360;
    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 (including
    all application materials) 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

    University of Texas at Austin
    Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
    1 University Station, D3700
    Austin, Texas 78712-0360

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

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