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Department of Health & Exercise Science

Research Opportunities

Indulge your intellectual curiosity through research

Health and Exercise Science faculty are dedicated to outstanding teaching, mentorship, intellectual inquiry, research and service to the community and the profession. Faculty research broadly ranges from the impact of exercise on metabolic function, fall prevention in older adults, and academic performance to the interrelationships between body composition and bone health, and muscle activation patterns during movement. Public health faculty research focuses on the social determinants of cancer outcomes and mental health literacy and help-seeking.

You will have the opportunity to pursue research in your areas of interest under the guidance of a faculty member as part of your coursework, as well as numerous other faculty-student collaborative research opportunities.

Pursue Research to Gain New Insight

Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund

Dr. Bridget Duoos was a PhD in Sports Biomechanics and a highly productive scholar at St. Thomas and a true advocate to students' academic success. This grant is awarded annually in her honor.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Provides grants to undergraduate students, such as:
  • Collaborative Inquiry Grants: Faculty/student research opportunities
  • Excel! Research Scholars: Prepares undergraduates for graduate school admission for summer research
Undergraduate Research (Current Students)

Research Project Examples

Fit For Ministry

Exercise science and St. Paul Seminary students provided tailored exercise programming, and the project results were presented at the 2021 national American College of Sports Medicine meeting.

Fit For Ministry Research

The Mindful Movement Study

Exercise Science and Public Health faculty and students tested older adults with land or aquatic resistance training and found increases in strength, balance and confidence.

Scholarship and Presentations

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Exercise Supports Recovery from Medical Illnesses

This health promotion research project was accepted for an oral presentation at the spring 2020 Medical Fitness Association conference.

Public Health and Social Justice

Second year student, Ander Vue, shares his definitions of public health and social justice through a visual essay he created for PUBH 220: Introduction to Social Justice and Social Justice.

Watch Vue's Visual Essay