Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The coursework for majors in Health Sciences and Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology provides a foundation for understanding the research process and introduces skills that can be applied in research projects and internships.Research experiences provide undergraduates with experiential learning, a well-rounded education, and an upper hand over others if they choose to pursue graduate school.
Many majors gain research experience on-campus with the Kinesiology faculty or off-campus in laboratories and research groups, including the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Department of Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Department of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Methodist Hospital, the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Harris County Public Health, and Houston Health Department. Credit options as KINE 375 or HEAL 379 may be available. For more information, please click here: Internship Guidelines (PDF).
Students looking to get involved in research are also encouraged to design and implement their own ideas as independent research projects. These independent research projects promote:
- Growth as an independent scientist
- Experience navigating the whole continuum of research from IRB approval to dissemination
- Guaranteed interest in a student’s area of research
- Resume building and talking points for graduate/medical school interviews
- Credit options as KINE 495 or HEAL 495, which are repeatable for credit
For more information, please read the Independent Research Guidelines (pdf).