Meet our Undergraduate Research Assistants for 2021-2022

12 undergraduates in matching blue t-shirts sitting in front of Freer Hall

The EPL has opportunities for undergraduate students to assist with on-going research projects every semester. Student can register for course credit through KIN 385, KIN 391, Honors program, or other arranged classes. The opportunity is ideal for undergraduates exploring research/academic careers in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy and allied health care fields.

Students can receive 3 or 4 academic credits per semester to satisfy an undergraduate honors thesis, supervised research experience courses, or independent study courses. Each semester, the EPL has numerous undergraduate students enrolled in research.

Depending upon the projects that undergraduate students are assigned to, they can expect to be involved in the following activities:

  • Participant Recruitment and Screening
  • Data Collection, Organization, and Processing
  • Functional Fitness Testing
  • Graded Maximal and Submaximal Exercise Testing
  • Preparation of Data Collection Packages
  • Participating as Exercise Specialists in Intervention Studies
  • Institutional Review Board Applications
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Literature Reviews
  • EPL website updates and social media updates


Click here to review the KIN 385/391/393 Independent Study registration form.

Participating in research for undergraduate credit makes available an array of research opportunities. Students engage in activities such as library research, data processing, scheduling participants, and preparation of subjects for physiological testing. In addition, they assist our testing team (physician, nurse, exercise technologist) with graded exercise testing and functional fitness testing, participating in experimental protocols, and interacting with both research participants and other EPL personnel. There are also opportunities to gain experience as exercise leaders in some of our interventions. Some undergraduate students, who have played a significant role in some studies, have also been involved in presentations at national meetings and been co-authors on publications in scientific journals. The experience of working in the EPL has proven to be invaluable training for those students interested in going to graduate school or pursuing a degree in the medical and allied health fields such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, etc. We especially encourage undergraduates with an interest in Exercise and Health Psychology to pursue research experience in the EPL.
Interested undergraduates should contact Dr. Neha Gothe for further information.