Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Kinesiology is accepting applications for a Graduate Research Assistant for the 2019-20 academic year.  Applicants must be admitted to the Master of Kinesiology or Master of Science in Kinesiology programs.  The candidate selected will receive an award that includes a 9-month stipend, tuition waiver and health insurance.  The assistantship requires a 20-hour-per-week commitment.  The assistantship will be awarded for one academic year and may be renewed for up to one additional year, dependent on the graduate assistant’s performance, the student’s progress toward a degree, and the department’s needs.

Priority application deadline January 15, 2019.

All applications are due by February 1, 2019.

We are seeking qualified candidates with interest in assisting a faculty member with one of the following projects.

Sport Psychology

Dr. Eric Martin’s research focuses on youth sport (college level and younger) with particular focus on the best way to structure the youth sport environment to benefit all involved. More specifically, his research projects have looked at the development and consequences of sport passion, how perceptions of race influence athlete activism, and resilience.

Dr. Martin’s current work seeks answers to the following questions:

  • How can we help both students and student-athletes build the skills they need to demonstrate resilience during the high school to college transition and the college career as a whole?
  • How does passion develop and what are the consequences of having passion in sport?
  • What factors predict if student-athletes will engage in activism surrounding race, gender, or other societal issues and how does their activism influence them?

The ideal candidate will have some research experience such as having read research, having completed a research methods course or an individual research project, or having worked with a research mentor).  The graduate assistantship will provide specific training.

For more information about this assistantship, contact Dr. Eric Martin at

For information about the application process for admission to an academic program and/or the assistantship, please contact Dr. Shelley Lucas, Graduate Program Coordinator, at

Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The Hall Exercise Physiology Laboratory focuses on the protective effects of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease.

Nearly 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and that number is expected to rise to 14 million by 2050. Currently there is no cure or even a treatment to slow its progression; however, exercise has proven to reduce risk. Several studies have linked exercise to improved cognition and increased brain volume in AD.

The Hall Exercise Physiology Lab is working on identifying the protective effects of exercise in Alzheimer’s disease. This project will shed light on the mechanisms behind this protection, to not only promote exercise as a preventative tool but to also unveil potential pathways for pharmacological intervention in those patients unable to exercise.  The candidate chosen for this assistantship will be responsible for this project.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, or a related field and experience with research in general. Experience in animal models or disease conditions is not required. Training will be provided.

Specific duties of the graduate research assistant will include:

  • Monitoring animals on a regular basis and conducting treadmill training sessions.
  • Organizing and administering the memory, coordination, and strength testing.
  • Harvesting tissues and conducting biochemical analysis.

For more information on this assistantship, contact Dr. Stephanie Hall at

For information about the application process for admission to an academic program and/or the assistantship, please contact Dr. Shelley Lucas, Graduate Program Coordinator, at

Graduate Program Coordinator

For more information about our graduate programs and graduate assistantships, please contact:

Dr. Shelley Lucas