by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
The students and faculty of human kinetics held their 10th Annual Kinesiology Research Day to show students what it’s like to be a professional researcher.
The day featured a panel of students and alumni, poster research and awards and a keynote speaker. The event had one of its biggest years yet and many were recognized for their efforts as well as encouraged to pursue different types of research within the field.
Kevin Milne, associate professor in the faculty of human kinetics, said the event really highlights both graduate and undergraduate studies in the field and gives the opportunity for students to share what they have studied over the past year or years.
“We had maybe 20 posters in its first iteration 10 years ago and now we have 62 this year,” said Milne. “It keeps growing and we’re hoping it only goes up from here but maybe not too much because we’re starting to run out of room.”
Milne said Kinesiology is one of the best programs at the university and of the biggest things they boast about around campus is that they are a family.
“We treat our students like peers, our faculty is very collegial and we like to have as many people involved as possible in everything we do,” said Milne. “From celebrating our athletes, from celebrating our researchers and from celebrating people out there in placements and jobs doing things in the real world – we really are one big family.”
Milne said Kinesiology students are very noticeable around campus because of the confidence they’re instilled with through the program.
“A lot of them live very healthy lifestyles and that’s definitely something to boast about,” said Milne. “I truly believe our students are making a positive impact and care about other people as much as themselves.”
Applied learning coordinator for the department of kinesiology, Chad Sutherland, said it’s a good day to showcase their works as much as it is a good day for people to mingle, share their ideas and grow from receiving positive feedback as well as constructive.
“The day helps a lot of people who don’t know about the opportunities available to them discover them,” said Sutherland. “A lot of people think the word research and get the wrong idea. We’re out there in the field doing applied research every day.”
Sutherland said there’s a time a place for the microscope researchers but a lot of Kinesiology applied research involves getting in the field and studying something hands on intensively.
He said those looking for a future in research should at the very least come out and see what research day is about and learn about the opportunities that can come from it.