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Opportunities to Get Involved

Graduate Students

We recruit most of our Ph.D. students through the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. As such, interested students are encouraged to apply for entrance into the biomedical engineering graduate program. Students can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program with only a Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree. Applications are due in December to begin the program in August. Further information on the application process can be found here.

We also support M.S. students interested in gaining unpaid research experience for course credit. We primarily recruit M.S. students pursuing thesis and non-thesis research projects through the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of BiomedicalEngineering. Students from other departments, such as those completing internships through the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology or seeking research experience through the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, are also welcome in the lab.

If you are interested in joining the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab as a graduate student, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Nichols directly via e-mail.

Undergraduate Students

We support hard-working undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about the musculoskeletal system and the study of human movement. Prior research experience is not required to join the lab. Students are also not required to have completed any specific courses. You just need to be curious and willing to learn! Note, you also need to have time and energy that you can dedicate to research. Undergraduate students are expected to spend 10 hours per week working on their research.

We accept new undergraduate students into our lab during the Fall and Spring semesters. Interested undergraduates will be interviewed during the 4th and 5th weeks of the semester. If you are interested in joining the lab during the Fall term, you should express interest between Aug. 15 – Sept. 15. If you are interested in joining the lab during the Spring term, you should express interest between Jan. 1 – Feb. 1.   To express interest in joining the lab, please contact Dr. Nichols directly via e-mail. In your e-mail, please include (1) your major, (2) expected graduation date, (3) a brief statement explaining why you are interested in biomechanics research, and (4) a copy of your resume attached as a PDF.

Participate in a Research Study!

We have a variety of ongoing research studies in the lab.  The studies listed below have approval from the University of Florida Institutional Review Board (IRB) to be advertised on our website.

Study: Thumb Osteoarthritis (IRB #201900693)
We are currently seeking females over the age of 40 to participate in a study on thumb osteoarthritis. The purpose of this study is to identify how muscle actions, joint movements, and nerve signals contribute to symptoms in thumb osteoarthritis. A diagnosis of thumb osteoarthritis is not required to participate.

Study: Evaluating the Biomechanical Design of the Upper Limb (IRB #201802358)
We are currently seeking healthy volunteers over the age of 18 to participate in a study on arm biomechanics. The purpose of this study is to understand how the muscles, bones, and joints of the arm operate together and enable completion of functional tasks.  

Study: Muscle Activity Across the Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, and Hand (IRB #202000644)
We are currently seeking healthy volunteers between the age of 18 to 70 years to participate in a study on neuromuscular control of the upper limb. The purpose of this study is to understand the structure and function of muscles across the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand.  

For all studies, if you live in or near the Gainesville area and are interested in learning more please contact:
Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D.  (352) 294-8803, jnichols@bme.ufl.edu