Health and Sport Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Max R. Paquette. PhD

Department: School of Health Studies

Contact Information: mrpqette@memphis.edu

Project Description: The research student will be involved in data collection, data processing, data analysis and manuscript preparation for a number of research studies investigating lower limb joint biomechanics during running, jumping, landing while wearing different footwear in young healthy adults and athletes.

Student Requirements: The student should be enrolled in exercise, sport and movement sciences (ESMS), or biomedical engineering. Experience with Microsoft office suite (especially excel) is desired. Completion of coursework in biomechanics or anatomic kinesiology is also desired.

Hours/Week: 10-20

Start Date: Immediately

Method of Compensation: Federal Work Study or Volunteer

Application Process: Students interested in volunteering should email Dr. Paquette. 

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member.


Faculty Mentor: Douglas Powell, PhD

Department: School of Health Studies

Contact Information:  (901) 678.5209; 309 Fieldhouse

Project Description: The purpose of this study includes: (1) quantify neural and non-neural contributions to parkinsonian rigidity, (2) validate a System Identification Modeling Approach to compared to diagnostic ultrasound measures of muscle-tendon unit stiffness, (3) evaluate the effect of dopaminergic medication on neural and non-neural contributions to parkinsonian rigidity, and (4) to assess the efficacy of a sinusoidal stretching modality on parkinsonian rigidity.

Student Requirements:  Interested students should apply directly to Dr. Powell at douglas.powell@memphis.edu. Ideal applicants should have taken ESMS 3020, ESMS 3410, and ESMS 3415.  However, students in biology or biomedical engineering are welcome to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants interested in health- and exercise-related research.

Hours/Week: Variable based on Student Needs

Start Date: February 1

Method of Compensation:   Federal Work Study; Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu  by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member. 


 Faculty Mentor: Douglas Powell, PhD

Department: School of Health Studies

Contact Information:  (901) 678.5209; 309 Fieldhouse

Project Description: The purpose of this study is two-fold: (1) identify the relationship between foot structure and lower extremity biomechanics (including joint kinematics and kinetics) during dynamic movements, (2) identify the efficacy of common clinical interventions in altering lower extremity biomechanics including shoe type, orthotic intervention and ankle bracing during athletic movements.

Student Requirements:  Interested students should apply directly to Dr. Powell at douglas.powell@memphis.edu.  Ideal applicants should have taken ESMS 3020, ESMS 3410, and ESMS 3415.  However, students in biology or biomedical engineering are welcome to apply.  Preference will be given to applicants interested in health- and exercise-related research.

Hours/Week: Variable

Start Date: Immediately

Method of Compensation:  Federal Work Study; Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu  by Friday, January 26, 2018. Other interested students should submit materials directly to the faculty member. 


Faculty Mentor: Brandt Pence

Department: School of Health Studies

Contact Information: 901-678-3407; bdpence@memphis.edu

Project Description: Research in my laboratory focuses on the impact of aging on immune function.  Specifically, we are studying monocytes, an innate immune cell, to determine mechanisms by which aging affects their function and increases inflammation.  Currently, we are examining the role of mitochondrial metabolism in monocytes to determine if mitochondrial dysfunction underlies the pro-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects of aging.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Open to students of any major with an interest in health or biomedical sciences. Students will preferably be sophomores or juniors with some laboratory experience through their coursework (e.g. biology or chemistry lab courses).  No formal research experience is required.

Application Process: Email unofficial transcripts and a short description of career interests to Dr. Pence.  An informal interview may be conducted if multiple students indicate an interest in the lab.

Hours Per Week: 10

Start Date: By arrangement

Method of Compensation:  Federal Work Study; Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu  by Friday, January 26, 2018.


 Faculty  Mentor: Melissa Puppa

Department: School of Health Studies, Exercise Sport and Movement Science

Contact Information:  901-678-3419; mpuppa@memphis.edu

Project Description:   Skeletal muscle plays a vital role in the maintenance of systemic health. To better understand the influence of chronic disease on skeletal muscle health, we use a variety of models including mammalian muscle tissue and cell culture to examine the effects of different diets on muscle protein turnover and mitochondrial capacity in various disease conditions including cancer and obesity. Students will learn techniques to isolate protein and RNA from samples as well as western blot and PCR analysis to quantify changes in gene expression and protein expression.

Requirements for Student Applicants: Students should have a basic understanding of physiology/biology. Students need to have close attention to details, be able to work well with others as well as independently, and keep clear written records. Students must also be able to read and understand scientific literature. Students should be in good academic standings with the university.

Application or Interview Process: Cover letter, resume, letter of reference, unofficial transcripts

Hours per week the student will work: 15h/week

Start Date: This project is ongoing so the start date is flexible.

Method of Compensation: Federal Work Study; Volunteer

Federal Work Study eligible students should submit application materials directly to honors@memphis.edu by Friday, January 26, 2018.