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  • Locations: Hawaii, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Advanced Kinesiology in Hawaii
June 10 - June 26, 2018

Program Description: The University of Memphis School of Health Studies department wants to invite you to Hawaii! UofM undergraduate and graduate students will travel to Hawaii to gain first-hand experience with biomechanics and advanced data processing. Students will learn techniques and methods associated with collection, processing, reduction and dissemination of research data. This program will take place at the University of Hawaii Manoa's Department of Kinesiology and Biomechanics Laboratory. 

Courses: This is a Summer Session I course offered through the UofM. Students will register at the UofM for one of the courses listed below. Students will have a mandatory online class component to be completed prior to departure. Students will earn 3 credits in the course Special Topics in Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences in either ESMS 4902 or ESMS 6902. ESMS 4902 will include a group research paper to be completed upon return to Memphis, while ESMS 6902 requires an individual  research paper. Students in the graduate level course will also be required to complete CITI Training prior to departure. Students do not have to have a major in the School of Health Studies to participate in this program.

Professional Experience: 
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: 
  • Develop and design a research study investigating the biomechanics of terrestrial human movement. 
  • Collect three-dimensional kinematic and ground reaction force data using a motion capture system. 
  • Process and reduce raw three-dimensional kinematic and ground reaction force data using motion capture software and Visual 3D (C-Motion Inc., Germantown, MD). 
  • Perform advanced signal analysis of three-dimensional kinematics, kinetics and ground reaction forces using MATLAB
  • Communicate research findings in manuscript format suitable for submission to peer-review publication. 

Professor: This course is led by Dr. Powell, a Co-Director of the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory (ENRL). He has previously visited the University of Mawaii Manoa through his collaboration with Dr. Stickley, the Biomechanics Lab director there. Dr. Puppa, also a Co-Director of the ENRL, will also be leading the program. Students are welcome to contact Dr. Powell at with any questions on the program.

*Travel ID - All students must have a valid state ID/driver's license to fly. However, it is possible that students with an out-of-state ID card may need a passport or other acceptable identification to fly, due to a recent law. IDs/Driver's licenses from certain states may not be accepted at the airport unless the state receives another extension in updating how they create ID cards. CHECK IF YOU NEED AN ALTERNATE ID NOW. You can reference this Department of Homeland Security map here and scroll down to the interactive map. If your state is under review or has a current extension that expires in January 2018 (blue and yellow on the map), it is strongly advised you apply for a passport now.

Housing: Housing accommodations will be provided in the University of Hawaii's handicapped accessible residence hall. The residence hall is located approximately one half mile away from the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Stan Sheriff Coliseum. Students will have the opportunity to room with fellow students. There will be shared showers, bathrooms, laundry, facilities, and kitchenette areas. All linens will be provided.  Students may select a single or shared room.
Program Cost Program Cost Includes:  Program Cost Does Not Include: 
*Cost subject to Change
  • $350 Application Fee (UofM Students) or $500 Application fee (Non UofM Students)
  • Round-trip Airfare from Memphis (requires minimum of 10 students. Up to 20 seats are available)
  • Accommodations in single or shared room
  • Transportation for excursions
  • Access to labs and materials
  • Daily lectures 
  • Meals 
  • Entry tickets to cultural excursion locations
  • Tuition for 3 credit hours (Undergrad estimated around $1,300; Grad estimated around $1,825)
  • Personal expenses
  • Non UofM students will pay a $25 (undergrad) or $35 (graduate) application fee to apply to UofM as a non-degree seeking student
Cultural Excursions: Three days of the program are dedicated to exploring the local culture and history. In addition to some library research, cultural exploration will take place through the following sites and locations: Pearl Harbor Tour, Waikiki, North Short/Turtle Bay Resort, Hike Diamond Head, Hike Koko Head, and Waimea bay. Students will be responsible to pay any entry fees/ticket costs.

Tentative Hawaii Itinerary
*Subject to change

June 10 - Depart Memphis; social gathering with University of Hawaii faculty and students in the evening
June 11 - Lecture: Intro to Biomechanical Analyses Planar Kinematics; Laboratory setup in biomechanics
June 12 - Lecture: Three-Dimensional Kinematics; Data collection of 3D kinematics
June 13 - Lecture: Forces & Inverse Dynamics; Data collection of 3D kinematics & ground reaction forces
June 14 - Lecture: Intro to Visual 3D; create model & calculate model-based data in visual 3D
June 15 - Lecture: Script Generation in Visual 3D; Script writing in visual 3D; Social gathering in evening
June 16 and 17 - Cultural Excursions
June 18 - Lecture: Intro to MATLAB for Signal Processing; fundamentals of MATLAB
June 19 and 20 - Lecture: Signal Processing for Kinematics;  Kinematic processing in MATLAB
June 21 - Lecture and workshop: Non-traditional Methods in Signal Processing using MATLAB
June 22 - Lecture and workshop: Manuscript Preparation; evening social gathering
June 23 - Cultural Excursion
June 24 - Free Day
June 25 - Depart Hawaii

June 26 - Arrive in Memphis

Application Instructions: Click "Apply Now" below. When asked if you have log-in credentials, UofM students must select that they do (Memphis ID and password) and non UofM students should select that they do not. Non UofM students will be emailed log-in credentials and a link to access their application.
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