PhD Research Assistantship Available
Under the direction of Lindsay J. DiStefano, PhD, ATC
Division of Sport Optimization and Rehabilitation Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology University of Connecticut
Location: University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut

Position Description:
Dr. Lindsay J. DiStefano is seeking a highly motivated doctoral level graduate student to start in August 2019. The student will contribute to research related to promoting safe physical activity participation among children through the prevention of sport-related injury and the optimization of physical literacy. The graduate assistantship will include a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend. The student will simultaneously pursue a doctoral degree (PhD) in Exercise Science within the Department of Kinesiology. The Exercise Science doctoral program is highly respected with a strong history of national success and training in field-based research, as well as the opportunity to gain experience in research mentorship and teaching. Students have the opportunity to individualize their program plan of study through courses in Exercise Science, Public Health, Education, and other related fields.

Position Requirements:

  • Earned bachelorís and masterís degree in a kinesiology-related discipline
  • Completion of a masterís thesis or other significant research training (e.g., internship, employment as a research associate, etc.)
  • Research interest in physical activity promotion among children
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with scores above the 50th percentile

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstration of successful research scholarship (e.g., scholarly presentations, publications)
  • Experience interacting with children, parents, coaches, health care professionals, and/or teachers.
  • Desire to pursue a long-term research-related career

Application Process:
Interested individuals should forward a curriculum vitae, cover letter (letter of interest), GRE scores, sample of scientific writing, and contact information for 3 professional references to: Lindsay J. DiStefano, PhD, ATC at

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis after February 1, 2019.