Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Applied Neuromechanics Lab

Our research focuses on improving our understanding of how the brain works within the mechanical constraints of the musculoskeletal system to optimize the way we walk and maintain balance. We are particularly interested in how central (Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Concussion) and peripheral (lower extremity ) insults affect these processes. Contact: Chris J. Hass, Ph.D. (APK)

Applying Intervention Mapping and Community Based Participatory Research in Worksite Health Promotion for Firefighter Populations

Coronary Vascular Disease (CVD) is the leading cause of on-duty death and disability among firefighter populations, accounting for nearly half of all fatalities and injuries annually. Behavioral factors include participation in aerobic fitness activities and dietary behaviors. Physiological factors include aerobic capacity, blood pressure, lipid profiles, and body composition. Leading researchers advocate for programs that adequately promote regular aerobic exercise and healthy dietary behaviors to improve the physiological risk factors of CVD in firefighters. Contact: Tony Delisle, Ph.D. (Student)

Community Based Participatory Research

Improving Health Outcomes for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, and their similar aged, Health Promoting Volunteers: The goal of this research is to design an efficacious, effective, and translatable intervention to reduce primary cardiovascular disease (CVD) determinants, and to increase primary CVD protective determinants in young adult Populations with an Intellectual Disability (PID). Our research plan will implement a year long physical fitness and healthy lifestyle intervention targeting the primary physical fitness determinants related to fatal and nonfatal CVD events in PID.
Contact: Tony Delisle, Ph.D. (Student)

Intregrative Live Cell Imaging and Photometry Lab

Our laboratory is involved with three primary areas of research. Most of our work is related to the role of stress-induced reactive oxygen formation in skeletal muscle and other tissues. We use intracellular fluorescent imaging methods and biochemical analyses to detect reactive oxygen formation generated in response to various forms of stress, such as hypoxia or heat stress. Our research has recently expanded to investigate the origins of heat stroke.
Contact: Thomas Clanton, Ph.D. (APK)

Learn & Serve

The University of Florida “Learn & Serve Lab” is part of the National Service Learning Program and supports school-based service-learning. Service-learning is an exciting, hands-on approach to education taking place in a wide variety of settings: in schools, universities, community-based and faith-based organizations throughout the country.
Contact: Charles E. Byrd, Ph.D. (TRSM)

Sport Law and Risk Management Research

Projects may include assisting with various aspects of: (1) survey research on risk management practices in sport, recreation and physical activity programs; and (2) case law (judicial opinions) research pertaining to the field of sport management. Experiences may involve literature searches and reviews, and data collection and entry.
Contact: Dan Connaughton, Ed.D. (TRSM)

Tourism Crisis Management Institute

The vision of the Tourism Crisis Management Institute is to be the premiere North American Tourism Crisis Management Institute providing innovative, scholarly and applied research-driven service to private and public sectors. Quality research is facilitated through interdisciplinary teams of experts with experience and knowledge in problem solving. The Tourism Crisis Management Institute develops research-driven solutions to crises that address planning, preparedness, response and recovery issues in local, national and global tourism economies.
Contact: Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D. (TRSM)