Senior Research – Bringing it All Together

Evidence based practice is a theoretical foundation for our programs. Regardless of whether you are seeking the BS degree in Kinesiology or Parks and Recreation, the scientific process is at the center of our curriculum. Students are all required to participate in this process, producing both theoretic and empirical research projects during their senior year. This is part of a campus wide commitment to fostering scientific minds in all of our graduates.

Work with our faculty to develop your research around your personal interests and future goals. There is nothing in the world like “going all in” on a topic to learn. This guided experience results in a completed manuscript, poster for presentation, and optional opportunities to take your work “to the masses” with both on-campus and off-campus presentations.

Examples of previous work includes:

  • The Efficacy and Lasting Effects of Fundamental Movement Skills in Children
  • Long-term Effects of Sustaining Multiple Concussions
  • The Relationship Between Blood Pressure and Stress in College Students
  • Ankle Braces and Agility Performance in Division II Junior Varsity Women’s Basketball Team
  • Otsego Lake State Park: State Park Ranger Study
  • Perceptions of Improvement in Ice Hockey Equipment Related to Performance
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Base Hunting License Study
  • Compensation of Student Athletes
  • Bilateral Comparison of Fatigue Using Electromyography and Hand Grip Dynamometry
  • The Physiologic Benefits of a Walking Program:  Using Incline to Increase Energy Expenditure in Adults
  • Does Compensatory Functional Movements Increase Injury Risk with a Lower FMS Score in 30 Female Division II Student-Athletes at Lake Superior State University
Casey Shafer in front of her senior research presentation
Chad Cook in front of his senior research
Brad Bisdorf in front of his senior research presentation