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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