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    The Biomechanics specialization, in Exercise Science in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science at the Ball State University (BSU), is seeking qualified graduate students for the program. Drs. Henry Wang and Clark Dickin in the BSU Biomechanics Laboratory, offer research experiences in lower extremity injury, sports biomechanics, and neuromotor control The M.S. specializations in biomechanics are research programs designed for advanced study and research related to the application of mechanical principles to human performance. The degrees may lead to careers in allied health occupations, corporate biomechanics, and laboratory research. Students may also pursue advanced PhD degree after graduation.

    Teaching and research assistantships are competitive and based on students' strengths and experiences. Typically, graduate students are funded for two years. Assistantships will be based on research and/or teaching within the school, including kinesiology courses, labs, and activity courses.

    Faculty areas of interest include clinical gait analysis, musculoskeletal injury mechanisms, functional evaluation of total/partial knee replacement, control of posture and balance, Parkinson's disease, Cerebral Palsy, whole body vibration, and H-reflex. Students are trained in and use all equipment, including high speed motion capture system (Vicon system), in-ground force plates (AMTI), surface electromyography system (Delsys), dynamometry (Cybex Norm), force instrumented treadmill (AMTI), and NeuroCom Balance Master. Classes are focused on methods, instrumentation, research procedures, statistics, and other special topics.

    Applicants should have:

    1. A bachelor degree in one of the following fields: physical education, exercise science, athletic training, biomedical engineering, or other exercise science related field.

    2. Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills including basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft WORD and EXCEL)

    3. Evidence of interest and experience in human subject research, including motion analysis and clinical research.

    Interested applicants may obtain more information at the BSU Biomechanics Laboratory website:

    or by contacting the faculty:

    Clark Dickin, PhD

    Henry Wang, PhD

    Application deadline: February 15, 2010