Student Research Opportunities
Students who wish to gain insight into research in Health and Human Physiological Sciences might consider approaching individual faculty members to inquire about current research projects. During the academic year, students may enroll in independent study (EX371), after speaking with a faculty member, where students are expected to be involved in conception/design of a project, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, and/or manuscript writing. The level of commitment can range from relatively informal volunteer experiences to more formal credit bearing independent studies or senior thesis.
During the summer, other opportunities such as the Faculty Student Summer Research Program, which supports students working with faculty over the summer in 5, 8, or 10 week experiences. Interested students should speak with potential faculty to discuss this opportunity further.
Often the culminating student research experience is the senior thesis. Senior thesis is completed in the spring semester of senior year, but students are strongly encouraged to work with a faculty member well in advance to prepare.
The Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department has a strong track record of dissemination of student work. Students have presented statewide at the New York Six Undergraduate Research Conference, regionally at the New England or Greater NY Chapters of the American College of Sports Medicine, Nationally at the Experimental Biology Conference or the American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting. Skidmore provides support for students attending and presenting at these meetings. Student-faculty collaborative research has often led to publication in peer-reviewed journals, links to examples below:
- The Relationship between Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor use and Bone Health
- The Effect of Concurrent Plyometric training on Rowing Economy and Performance
- The Effect of a High Fat Diet and Voluntary Wheel Running on Cidea and Cidec Expression in Liver and Adipose Tissue of Mice
- The Effects of Combined Protein and Antioxidant Supplement on Recovery of Muscle Function and Soreness Following Eccentric Exercise