Faculty and Student Research Program

The department offers an extensive research program for students from majors including physical education, health education, athletic training, and health fitness. As of May 2011, 206 research projects (representing 321 students) have been presented at professional/organizational meetings.  Some students author more than one study and some students co-author studies. Many studies are presented at regional conferences such as the Northland Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Studies are also presented in national venues such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the national conference of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Students work with a faculty mentor to design research proposals and engage in data collection, reduction, and analysis. HES 220, Research and Statistics in Health and Exercise Science, is a required course for majors in health fitness and an elective for students pursuing other majors. This course, normally completed at the sophomore level, assists students with identifying a research topic/question, designing a study, and initiating a review of existing research. Some majors who do not take this course may decide to work one on one with a faculty mentor to accomplish these preliminary goals and pursue the study during the junior and senior years. Students typically present their research at an appropriate regional or national conference sponsored by the. Faculty-student research projects enable students to improve research skills and prepare for graduate study.

To review research project titles completed by students from the Department of Health and Exercise Science, visit this page.