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Exercise Science Student Research

Students in Exercise Science may optionally participate in research associated with faculty members for class credit (KIN 499 Individual Research) as an elective. Previous research in the Exercise Science program has led to students presenting scientific work as a poster at a state or national scientific meeting and scientific publications. Participation in research can make a student more attractive to graduate schools or employers.

Get Paid to Do Research


Students can get paid to do research through The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) Program at SIUE. The URCA encourages, supports, and enables students to participate in research and creative activities at the undergraduate level. Students can participate in the URCA program in two ways: as Associates and Assistants. Assistants commit to work on faculty-led projects for one semester. This opportunity is a great way for students to get familiar with the work that faculty do in the lab and field. Associates design their own projects, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and spend a year seeing it through from inception to completion. These positions are for juniors and seniors who are ready to tackle an issue in their field more independently. As part of the URCA program students can enroll in 3 hours of KIN 499 Individual Research for elective credit.

Examples of research performed by students working with faculty and presented at national conferences
  • American College of Sports Medicine single set resistance training protocol increases energy expenditure similar to three sets up to 72h.
  • Integrating physical activity into preschool classroom's academic lessons promotes daily physical activity and improves literacy.
  • Significant reductions in truncal adiposity does not alter ventilatory response to CO2 in obese adults.
  • Leptin resistance is improved through weight loss independent of changes in leptin's soluble receptor.
  • Intensive Lifestyle Modification Reduces Lp-PLA2 in Dylipidemic HIV Patients on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
  • SR-135, a Peroxynitrite Decomposing Catalyst, Reduces Post-Prandial Plasma Lipids in B6D2F1 Mice Fed an Obesogenic Diet

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