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Current Work Opportunities 

If you are interested in applying for one of the following positions, please inquire below by following the appropriate link.

Ways to Get Involved

Below you will find a brief list of Student Programs and RSO’s at UD that can be tied into student life in the College of Health Sciences. For a full list of RSO’s, please check out the Student Central website.

Service Learning Courses
  • BHAN403, Adapted Physical Activity: students design, implement, and evaluate appropriate physical activity programs and interventions for individuals with special needs participating in a variety of clinical settings (e.g., schools, community centers, private clubs, camps, sport leagues, institutions, clinics, or group homes).
  • HLTH320, Chronic Illness: From Person to Policy: in which students learn about chronic illness from a variety of perspectives, including through hands-on volunteer experience with community members living with cancer, MS, ALS, heart failure, and other chronic illnesses.
  • NTDT350, Nutrition in Older Adults: in which students spend 30 hours in the community, focused on a training program for feeding older adults at a nursing home, Meals on Wheels, and a health fair that focuses on food preparation and mental health issues.

These are just 3 examples of the dozens of service learning courses at UD. To learn more about service learning on campus, visit the course catalog.

CEI Summer Scholars

The CEI Summer Scholars program provides highly motivated undergraduates funding to immerse themselves in a community-based research or creative project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Scholars spend ten weeks during the summer in full time pursuit of their projects in partnership with a Delaware non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. Scholars earn three credits in preparation for the program, following their summer project, or some combination of the two.  During the summer, scholars are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff.

The CEI Summer Fellows  program provides partial support for students who would like to participate in a community-based project while combining it with other summer activities such as coursework and/or employment. Projects may vary in length of time commitment and level of funding. During the summer, fellows are enrolled in a zero credit P/F Sustaining Course and are invited to attend a weekly seminar led by CEI staff.

To learn more about Service Learning Scholars contact Susan Serra.

Community Engagement Scholars Course

Community Engagement Scholars course of study

Change the world. Transform yourself.

  • The Community Engagement Scholars Course of Study (CESCS) is an academic program that prepares students for lives as engaged citizens. Open to students from all majors, Scholars receive enhanced advising from the Community Engagement Initiative to integrate a community engagement focus into their major and career goals. In addition to traditional course work, Scholars connect theory-to-practice through  participation in volunteer activities, community-based  immersion programs, and service trips culminating in an eportfolio that synthesizes their development as active citizens. Scholars may receive funded for significant community-based projects. Scholars receive recognition on their transcript upon successful completion.
  • Applications for current students can be found at the Community Engagement Scholars course of study website.
Graduate Student Courses - Spring 2021

Biomechanics & Movement Science

BMSC 667-012/KAAP 667-012 – Biomedical Signal Processing
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 12-3
Description: In this course students will acquire skills in acquisition, processing, and scientific analysis of experimental data. We will learn about time domain and frequency domain methods such as filtering, Fourier analysis, correlation and coherence, discuss how, when and why to apply them, and introduce the mathematical tools upon which these techniques are based. The focus will be on application for research, with a hands-on approach in a combination of lectures, supervised problems during class and homework assignments. In the later part of the class, students will work on a self-developed term project that integrates aspects of signal processing and analysis that is relevant to their own research interest.

 

BMSC 667-013/ KAAP 667-013 – Neurobehavioral Control of Gait & Posture
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TR 11-12:15
Description: The evolutionary development of bipedal stance, which freed the hands from locomotion, is considered the fundamental distinction between humans and our closest relatives. Accompanying that development is the problem of stability.  Engineered devices, such as cars and robots, solve the stability problem by having a wide base of support and/or concentrating the bulk of its weight lower down. However, the human body has evolved with more than just upright stability as a constraint, with its mass concentrated higher up in the trunk, making it inherently unstable and prone to falls. This “mechanically unstable” design has been matched with a sophisticated control system to maintain upright stance during functional behavior (e.g., tool-use), lending itself to many fundamental questions about how the nervous system solves this complex control problem. Moreover, the neural and biomechanical subsystems that enable standing are subject to injury and dysfunction, leading to many disease populations with limited options based upon current medical treatments. The course will review current literature on the control of standing and walking in humans. Topics will include balance control, multisensory integration, transitional movements, and the impact of cognitive challenges on balance with a focus on neurologically impacted populations.

 

BMSC 867-010/PHYT 867-010 – Communication and Culture in Rehabilitation Research
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TBD
Description: This course will elevate students’ knowledge and skill in the effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication in their area of rehabilitation research. Each student will build a personalized process focused on becoming a flexible, adaptive, clear, and compelling communicator in the service of their science. The course will focus on high risk/high reward communication events such as thesis/dissertation defense, post doc and job talks, live/recorded interviews, and both solo and panel conference events. Each class period, students will practice skills, discuss key issues/elements and ‘workshop’ ideas with the group. Students are encouraged to work directly on their current projects and field of study.

 

Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

KAAP 627-010 – Biomechanical Methods
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TR 3:30-4:45
Description: Introduces students to fundamental methods of two- and three- dimensional analysis in biomechanics. Topics will include creation of local coordinate systems, coordinate system transformations, joint center predictions, vector manipulation, linear and angular kinematics, joint forces and moments.

 

KAAP 628-010 – Biomechanical Analyses V3D
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: W 1-4
Description: This course aims to introduce students to Visual3D ¿ a computation tools commonly used in biomechanics research. Using motion capture data as a framework, key concepts covered by this course include model building, event identification and metric quantification, kinematic and kinetic data extraction, scripting and automation, and data aggregation and file management. A key focus of this class will be teaching the underlying mathematical concepts and generalized approaches employed by Visual 3D, with a goal of preparing students to collect, process, and troubleshoot traditional biomechanics laboratory data.

 

KAAP640-011 – Human Cardiovascular Control
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TR 3:30-4:45
Description: This course will examine neural and hormonal control of the cardiovascular system during stressors such as exercise, orthostasis, and heat stress.

 

KAAP 667-011 – Brain Imaging: Basics & Clinical Applications
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 3:30-6:30
Description: This course will introduce students to the basic principles of neuroimaging methods as applied to human subject research. A special focus will be placed on fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physics and image formation, experimental design and data analysis as well as the applications of functional and structural MRI techniques in human motor controls studies and in the study of movement disorders. The course is a mixture of lectures, discussion of research papers, and hands-on lab sessions.

 

KAAP 667-012/BMSC 667-012 – Biomedical Signal Processing
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: M 12-3
Description: In this course students will acquire skills in acquisition, processing, and scientific analysis of experimental data. We will learn about time domain and frequency domain methods such as filtering, Fourier analysis, correlation and coherence, discuss how, when and why to apply them, and introduce the mathematical tools upon which these techniques are based. The focus will be on application for research, with a hands-on approach in a combination of lectures, supervised problems during class and homework assignments. In the later part of the class, students will work on a self-developed term project that integrates aspects of signal processing and analysis that is relevant to their own research interest.

 

KAAP 667-013/BMSC 667-013 – Neurobehavioral Control of Gait & Posture
Meeting Location: Online
Meeting Time: TR 11-12:15
Description: The evolutionary development of bipedal stance, which freed the hands from locomotion, is considered the fundamental distinction between humans and our closest relatives. Accompanying that development is the problem of stability.  Engineered devices, such as cars and robots, solve the stability problem by having a wide base of support and/or concentrating the bulk of its weight lower down. However, the human body has evolved with more than just upright stability as a constraint, with its mass concentrated higher up in the trunk, making it inherently unstable and prone to falls. This “mechanically unstable” design has been matched with a sophisticated control system to maintain upright stance during functional behavior (e.g., tool-use), lending itself to many fundamental questions about how the nervous system solves this complex control problem. Moreover, the neural and biomechanical subsystems that enable standing are subject to injury and dysfunction, leading to many disease populations with limited options based upon current medical treatments. The course will review current literature on the control of standing and walking in humans. Topics will include balance control, multisensory integration, transitional movements, and the impact of cognitive challenges on balance with a focus on neurologically impacted populations.

Graduate Student Courses - Fall 2020

Nursing

NURS 812 – Responsible Conduct of Research (Online / 1 cr)
Meeting Location: ONLINE
Meeting Time:
Description: Critically examines scientific integrity and responsible conduct in biomedical, clinical and translational research within the theoretical and social context of research ethics using case examples and previous experience. Topics include: individual and institutional responsibilities for promoting scientific integrity, protection of the rights of researchers and human and animal subjects, data issues, collaboration, authorship practices, intellectual property, and impact of future developments in science.

Epidemiology

EPID 605 – Epidemiology Methods I
Meeting Location:  ONLINE
Meeting Time:  T 4pm-7pm
Description: Introduction to epidemiological concepts and methods including descriptive data, measures of association, and study design.

EPID 620 – Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Meeting Location:  ONLINE
Meeting Time: ASYNCHRONOUS
Description:  Introduction to infectious disease epidemiology, including patterns of disease transmission and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.

EPID 624 – Cancer Epidemiology
Meeting Location:  ONLINE
Meeting Time: T 5:30pm -8:30pm
Description:  Overview of cancer epidemiology and topics relevant to cancer prevention and control. Cancer statistics (incidence, mortality, and survival), cancer trends over time, cancer disparities, risk factors for cancer, major cancer types, cancer screening, the cancer continuum, and survivorship.

EPID 650 – Advanced Seminar in Epidemiology
Meeting Location:  ONLINE
Meeting Time: M 12pm-3pm
Description: Facilitate in depth applied epidemiology-based reading and discussion, invited speakers, and professional development sessions. Intended to help facilitate the development of students research ideas, comprehension of research ethics, and to contribute to the students professional development. PREREQ: EPID615.

Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

KAAP 617 – Biomechanical Lab Instrumentation
Meeting Location: ONLINE & STAR Rm 229
Meeting Time: Wed 1pm-4pm
Description: Fundamentals of instrumentation used in biomechanics labs for the collection of human movement data. Includes theory of operation, environmental considerations, applications, and troubleshooting. Involves hands-on use of the equipment throughout the course.

KAAP 629 – Introduction to Programming in Matlab
Meeting Location: ONLINE
Meeting Time: Tues 1pm-4pm
Description: Students will learn how to automate part of their data processing and analysis by writing programs in Matlab. We will study techniques for handling, organizing, manipulating and visualizing data.

KAAP 630 – Advanced Human Physiology I
Meeting Location: ONLINE
Meeting Time: TR 2pm-3:15pm
Description: This course will focus on cell, organ, and systems physiology of the following three areas: endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory.

KAAP 667-011 – Advanced Muscle Physiology
Meeting Location:  ONLINE
Meeting Time: Mon 3pm-6pm
Description: Topics include muscle macroanatomy, microanatomy, types of muscles and motor units, plasticity and remodeling, atrophy, and muscle injury.

KAAP 688 – Electromyographic Kinesiology
Meeting Location: ONLINE
Meeting Time: Tues 8am-10:45am
Description: Introduction to the theoretical basis and practical application of electromyography. Topics include the electrophysiological basis of muscle actions, mechanical properties of muscle, EMG recording and processing methods and applications of EMG to the study of human motion.

Become a STAR Ambassador!

The CHS STAR Program is a group of select student volunteers who serve as ambassadors for the College of Health Sciences. These enthusiastic students assist CHS administration, faculty and staff in promoting the College and its programs to prospective students, parents, teachers, school/guidance counselors, and the community. They lead tours of the Health Sciences Complex at the STAR campus, assist with recruitment activities throughout the year (Blue & Golden Saturdays, Decision Days, etc.), attend special events, and assist in the Undergraduate Student Services office. As a STAR Ambassador, students gain personal and professional growth through the variety of activities they participate in throughout the year. If interested in becoming a STAR ambassador for the upcoming academic year, we will be accepting applications in early spring. Interviews will be scheduled shortly after. More information will be available at the beginning of the spring semester.

For more information, please contact chs-advise@udel.edu

Volunteer Opportunities for current STARs

Coming soon!

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