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I'm glad you've gone to our website to check out the MSc Program in Kinesiology. You may have questions about our program including the all-important one, "Why would I want to pursue my graduate studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay?" Allow me to explain why.
Our relatively small program size allows us to foster close working relationships between our graduate students, their peers, and the faculty. This affords our graduate students many opportunities to work, teach and socialize together. Recent students have completed thesis topics in the following areas: adapted physical activity, biomechanics, biostatistics, exercise physiology, epidemiology, motor control and learning, psychology of physical activity, and sociocultural. Opportunities exist for our students to take electives outside of our program.
The research conducted in our School is innovative and oftentimes groundbreaking. The School has a Research Centre that houses laboratory space for biomechanics, motor control and adapted physical activity. Physiology and computer laboratories are also housed in 'The Fieldhouse' plus there is space for students studying in the social science and humanities areas. This academic year, all Kinesiology graduate students received a Graduate Assistantship. View other scholarship and award opportunities that may be available for our graduate students.
Lakehead University is targeting to be one of Canada's top 25 research universities. To help reach this goal, we have two new structures on campus: the Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (ATAC) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).
'The Hangar', built in 2006, is a multipurpose athletic facility with an indoor running track, field for sports such as soccer and rugby, a weight room and an aerobics and dance studio. A sports medicine clinic also meets the needs of our students and varsity athletes. Our athletic programs offer a full slate of intramural activities to choose from and recently, our Thunderwolves hockey team went to the CIS national championships.
If you're convinced that graduate studies in our School is something you want to pursue, you need to apply early. You can find information about admission procedures and the application process on the Graduate Studies website. Kinesiology also has a Background and Interests form for you to complete (note: available on the Graduate Studies website). It would be wise to view our core faculty profiles to determine what professor(s) specialize in your chosen area(s) of study and then contact the one that you feel best suits your interests. On the Background and Interests form, you are asked to indicate whether you have contacted a core faculty member in our program. Please note that in order to be accepted into our program, you must have a core faculty member willing to supervise you. Also, please make careful note that if you do apply, it is your responsibility to make sure that your file is complete, i.e., completed application form, three (3) letters of references and completed background information sheet.
Should you have further questions about our program, Lakehead University or life in Thunder Bay, please contact me. I wish you every success with whatever direction you decide to take in your academic career and hope that the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead fits into your plans.
Erin Pearson, PhD