Research as an Undergrad

Become a Research Assistant, and Build Your Résumé

We encourage motivated undergraduate students to get involved with departmental research. Undergraduate research assistants have the opportunity to participate in human subject recruitment, data acquisition, and data analysis.

Some research assistant positions are paid; however, the greatest benefit is the significant hands-on experience students gain while working alongside faculty. Assisting in a research lab is a particularly effective way to distinguish yourself and get an edge up during the application process for medical school, a physical therapy program, or another type of graduate program.

In addition, some of our top undergraduate students have been able to add published research to their résumés!

Student Coauthored Publications

Note: undergraduate student names are bold

  • Yang H, Cooke WH, Reed KS, and Carter JR. Sex differences in hemodynamic and sympathetic neural firing patterns during orthostatic challenge in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology 112:1744-1751, 2012. Epub March 8, 2012.
  • Durocher JJ, Lufkin KM, King ME, and Carter JR. Social technology restriction alters state anxiety but not autonomic activity in humans. American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Physiology 301:R1773-R1778, 2011. Epub Sept 28, 2011.
  • Klein JC, Crandall CG, Brothers RM, and Carter JR. Combined heat and mental stress alters neurovascular control in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology 109:1880-1886, 2010. Epub Sept 30, 2010.
  • Durocher JJ, Guisfredi AJ, Leetun DT and Carter JR.  Comparison of on-ice and off-ice graded exercise testing in collegiate hockey players. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 35:35-39, 2010.

How do I sign up?

You will be introduced to available undergraduate research options, and the process for getting involved, when you take your introductory kinesiology courses (EH1000 or EH1010).

In the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, we don’t just disseminate knowledge—we create new knowledge. Inquire about undergraduate research assistantships today, and participate in the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow.