As kinesiology is a newer field, there are many questions left unasked and unanswered, and students have a chance to fill real gaps in global scientific knowledge—by designing experiments, collecting data, and being the first to answer questions in major scholarly publications in the field: just like scientists in the real world.
In Drake’s Kinesiology curriculum, labs are spent asking critical questions and figuring out creative solutions to authentic issues faced in today’s active society. At Drake, research is not a prescribed answer in a workbook, but a dynamic process that mirrors the cyclical nature of science: looking at what scientific data exists, asking a question, forming a hypothesis, establishing a method, collecting data, and sharing the results with the global community through posters, presentations, and publications. Many Drake students have published research in major scientific kinesiology journals—a rare and exciting opportunity for undergraduate students!
The following are examples of research recently published by Drake Kinesiology students:
The Effects of Ankle Appliances on Lower Body Joint Angles in the Sagittal Plane during the Back Squat?
Kinesiology students also have the opportunity to present personal research at the annual Drake University Conference on Undergraduate Research in the Sciences (DUCURS) as well as regional and national meetings.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in the Drake University Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI), an on-campus network of faculty and research students.