Future Students

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Kinesiology while doing research in physical activity epidemiology? Do you have experience with children/youth in sport and physical activity settings?
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Graduate Students

The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory is always looking for passionate, well-qualified graduate students interested in physical activity intervention via novel methodology as well as the examination of the behavioral aspects of physical activity. Specifically, the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory concentrates on the use of technology, such as active video games and smartphone applications, to enhance the physical activity of a diverse array of populations with the objective to improve the physiology systems and psychosocial constructs most important to increased physical activity participation.

Prospective graduate students may apply for a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Kinesiology. Inquiries about open positions are best directed to Dr. Zan Gao, the director of the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory. Teaching and research assistantships are available for well-qualified students and the graduate curriculum can be adjusted to fit the goals, needs, and future career direction of the student.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students interested in completing research within the field of physical activity epidemiology are advised to contact Dr. Zan Gao for information regarding research opportunities within the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory. The Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory requires undergraduate students to commit to at least one semester within the laboratory. However, longer commitments to the lab are favored.

Undergraduate students brought on as an assistant within the Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory will aid in ongoing research projects and are encouraged to develop their own research ideas. Students are also encouraged to present at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program’s (UROP) annual research symposium.