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    Graduate Study in Movement Science at UT Austin:

    The Movement Science Program in the Department of Kinesiology at the
    University of Texas at Austin is actively seeking highly motivated
    graduate students interested in pursuing doctoral study. Specific
    areas of on-going work include developmental motor control, aging
    motor control, single-motor unit control, clinical rehabilitation
    interventions such as functional electrical stimulation, and biomechanics.

    We anticipate multiple opportunities for funding (RA & TA) will be
    available for highly qualified individuals to start in Fall of
    2009. There are also additional opportunities for graduate
    fellowships available. To receive priority consideration for these
    funded positions, all application materials must be received no later
    than January 15, 2009.

    The University of Texas Department of Kinesiology offers
    comprehensive advanced training in the Movement Science leading to
    both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students can take advanced level
    courses in such areas as Research Methodologies, Biomechanics of
    Human Movement, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Neuromuscular Bases of
    Motor Control, Motor Control and Learning, 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, Biological Sciences, or
    Neuroscience. Additional advanced courses, including research
    seminars, are also offered. A strong background in the biological
    sciences and strong computational skills (e.g., Matlab) are highly
    desirable, as is clinical rehabilitation training and experience.
    Fluent English is required. More information about the UT Movement
    Science program can be found at:

    Students are strongly encouraged to contact the individual faculty
    member(s) they might be interested in working with to discuss
    available opportunities in individual laboratories and the
    compatibility of the student's research interest with those of the
    faculty and program. Specifically:

    Dr. Larry Abraham:
    For students interested in Motor Control &/or Motor Learning

    Dr. Jon Dingwell:
    For students interested in Computational Biomechanics & Dynamics

    Dr. Lisa Griffin:
    For students interested in Neural Control of Movement

    Dr. Jody Jensen:
    For students interested in Motor Development &/or Autism research

    Dr. Waneen Spirduso:
    For students interested in Aging Motor Development

    Applications for Spring 2009 admissions and financial aid are now
    being accepted. The main considerations for admission to the
    Movement Science Program are: (a) the course background of the
    student (science courses, including Physics, Mathematics, Anatomy,
    Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control and Learning, etc.);
    (b) the student's GRE scores("verbal" scores should preferably be in
    the 500's or above, while "quantitative" scores should preferably be
    in the 600's or above); and
    (c) the student's record of interest, experience, and academic performance.
    Outstanding students from the biological and engineering sciences,
    including psychology and neuroscience, are strongly encouraged to
    apply. Full detailed application procedures can be found

    You can request complete Department and University information from
    our Graduate Coordinator, Tan Thai:

    UT Kinesiology Department:
    UT Biomedical Engineering Department:
    UT Institute for Neuroscience:
    UT Graduate School:
    UT Graduate Recruiting
    The University of Texas:

    Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor