“I have gained much valuable research experience in the Department of Health and Sport
Sciences under the guidance of many distinguished mentors. The knowledge I have gained
allowed me to be a step ahead of my peers in medical school and there is no doubt
that I will be a better physician someday as a result of my experiences.”
Moe Kabir MS, 2012
"The graduate program in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences helped prepare
me for a career in biomedical research. Through the program I was further educated
in an applied science while also taking courses in the basic sciences. The research
focus of the program has equipped me with physical and analytical knowledge that will
not only help in my career, but in life as well."
Rick Alleman Jr. MS, 2012
"My time spent obtaining my MS degree within the Department of Health and Sport Science
exceeded my expectations. I was surrounded by some of the most respected scientists
within the exercise/sport science field, which allows for some great collaboration
on different projects. The skills I acquired were beyond advantageous, for which propelled
me into a doctoral program. I know my time spent within the Department of Health and
Sport Science will only help me to excel within my doctoral studies, as well as any
future endeavor I pursue."
Tyler Farney MS, 2011
"Performing undergraduate research in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences
was a great learning experience. The faculty and staff are helpful, knowledgeable,
and inspiring. Being able to publish scientific papers and perform clinical science
research gave me a competitive edge when applying for graduate school."
Zach Bell BSEd, 2011
"Through the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, I was able to develop my skills
in all facets of scientific research including subject recruitment and screening,
data collection and statistical analysis, blood collection and processing, manuscript
writing/poster preparation, exposure undertaking biochemical assays, and collaboration
with other graduate students. Above all else though, I was mentored on the scientific
process and how to undertake it in a research environment. These enabled me to progress
onto a premier biomedical institution and research laboratory."
Cam McCarthy MS, 2011
"I sincerely feel as though receiving my undergraduate degree, as well as continuing
my education as a masters student in the department of Health and Sport Sciences at
the University of Memphis has afforded me with superior knowledge within my respective
field of study, as well as provided me with extensive research experience. The faculty
and staff at this institution are of the highest caliber, a fact that is illustrated
by the consistent body of quality research conducted within the Human Performance
Laboratories. I believe my training at the University of Memphis has thoroughly prepared
me for all of my future career endeavors."
Kelsey Fisher-Wellman BSEd 2007, MS 2009
"The Department of Health and Sports Sciences (concentration in EXSS) has grown my
personal interest in the health care field. I feel that I have all the tools to make
a great start in the field of health."
Damita Ciara Beck BSEd, 2009
"This program equips students to be more resourceful and knowledgeable on the principles
and fundamentals of exercise sport science, by offering challenging courses and research
opportunities. Since this field is still evolving, the research and education materials
are always unique, interesting, and fresh. We are also surrounded by some of the best
educators in the health sciences. As a current student of the EXSS program, the wealth
of knowledge I have gained is something that will allow me to move forward in my career
and academic endeavors."
Janette Kirksey BSEd, 2009
"Pursuing an education in EXSS has allowed me to develop my passion for health and
fitness. Being involved in the department has enhanced my ability to be involved in
the sport and fitness community. Everyone interested in this field should join the
NSCA and become involved in the research being conducted in the labs even if it means
being an attentive subject. I own and run CrossFit Memphis, while attending to health
related side projects. These are endeavors not possible without exposure to the instructors
in the EXSS department."
Michael Bledsoe BSEd, 2008
“I had such a wonderful opportunity to work as a graduate assistant while acquiring
my master’s degree in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences. I was treated as
an equal by principal investigators and able to assist with numerous projects in all
areas of the department. In talking with friends who were in similar programs at other
universities, I realized how many more opportunities I had at the University of Memphis
compared to other institutions. The experience I gained as a student and graduate
assistant was very valuable and I truly believe it put me on the path to my current
Robyn Karlage MS, 2008
"The quality of education and the experiences I gained as a graduate student in the
Department of Health and Sports Sciences were invaluable and, in my opinion, second
to none in the field of Exercise Science. I feel the diversity of knowledge offered
by the faculty produces a very well rounded curriculum and I have benefitted from
this time and again. I also enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the collaboration
between the various Human Performance Labs. Obtaining my degree from this department
has opened many doors for further education and future employment."
Corey Lohnes MS, 2007
"I had the opportunity to work in the Human Performance Laboratories as an undergraduate
and then graduate assistant. During that time, I was able to gain knowledge and skills
which prepared me for a career in research. The Department of HSS at the University
of Memphis is a program second to none which provided me with opportunities that would
not have been available at other programs. The strength of my background at the University
of Memphis allowed me to successfully transition into a career track research position
at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital."
Webb Smith MS, 2007
"I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the HSS department at the University
of Memphis. I am fortunate to have been educated by remarkably astute professors,
been granted many opportunities to get hands-on experience with research, and been
taught that education and research is a lifelong necessity. Upon graduation from the
UofM, I was accepted into a Doctorate program in Physical Therapy."
Jacque Barnes MS, 2006
"Through graduate study in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, I was immersed
in an active and collaborative research environment that fostered student involvement.
Under the guidance of high-caliber investigators, I acquired a variety of laboratory
skills that culminated in substantial scholarly productivity. These experiences well
positioned me for entry into a competitive doctoral position at a tier-one research
university, putting me far above the curve for traditional entry-level doctoral students."
Mike Falvo MS, 2006
"I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work and study in the
Department of Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Memphis. As a member
of the Human Performance Laboratories, I was able to participate in a research program
that I consider to be one of the best in the field. In addition, the education and
research skills I acquired there have enabled me to excel in my current position in
Chris Moore MS, 2005