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M.S. Graduate Assistantships available for Fall 2020 at Ball State University

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  • M.S. Graduate Assistantships available for Fall 2020 at Ball State University

    Funded Positions for Biomechanics Master's Degree
    The Ball State University Biomechanics program is seeking highly motivated graduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomechanics starting in Fall 2020.

    The Biomechanics Graduate Program at BSU provides students with the opportunity for advanced study related to the application of mechanical principles to human motion. Students completing the MS degree will obtain the skills and knowledge that can lead to a career in allied health occupations, corporate biomechanics, laboratory research, or allow them to continue their education for an advanced doctoral degree after graduation.

    Research/teaching assistantships are available and are highly competitive and based on students' strengths and experiences, with typical funding periods lasting two years. Students who receive an assistantship will receive tuition waivers for the fall and spring semesters in addition to a monthly stipend and will work on research in the laboratory and have some teaching responsibilities within the school (kinesiology/biomechanics courses, labs, and activity courses).

    Current areas of interest include the effects of physical activity history on the musculoskeletal response of the lower limbs, locomotion and balance in individuals with neurological and physical impairments, changes in gait in response to postural challenge, incline/decline running and load carriage, as well as studies in both clinical and healthy populations assessing landing mechanics, locomotion, posture and balance. The laboratory contains state of the art equipment to measure human movement including 37 cameras for high speed motion capture (Vicon), three in-ground force plates (AMTI), force Instrumented staircase, portable force platforms (AMTI and Kistler), wireless and wired 16 channel surface electromyography systems – including muscle decomposition sensors/software to assess individual motor units (Delsys, Biopac), force instrumented treadmill (AMTI), NeuroCom SMART Balance Master as well as dynamometry (Cybex Norm), Parvo Metabolic Cart, whole body vibration platforms, accelerometers and force transducers.

    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: kinesiology, exercise science, athletic training, biomedical or mechanical engineering, or other exercise science related field.
    2. A GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    3. Satisfactory scores on the GRE
    4. For students with English as a second language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be completed
    5. Strong oral and written communication skills including computer skills.
    6. Evidence or interest in mechanical/neurological principles of human motion, including motion analysis, force development and application, muscle activation and clinical research.

    Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to explore the Biomechanics Laboratory website ( and contact the faculty member(s) they are interested in working with to discuss opportunities within the lab as well as the compatibility of research interests between the students and the faculty member.

    Complete application information can be found at

    Biomechanics Faculty:

    Dr. Clark Dickin

    Dr. Henry Wang (

    Application deadline is February 1, 2020
    In order to receive full consideration for admission and assistantships, completed applications should be submitted by February 1st. However, application later than this date will be considered until all positions have been filled. Outstanding candidates may also be considered for an additional fellowship but are required to have application materials in by the February 1st deadline in order to be considered.