Graduate Students

The Injury Biomechanics Research Center welcomes applications from outstanding students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy and Anthropology, just to name a few.  In some cases, students interested in graduate programs in other engineering disciplines or other health-related fields may also be considered.  Information and application materials can be found at the College of Engineering, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Department of Anthropology as well as the Ohio State College of Medicine.

What to expect:

The Injury Biomechanics Research Center typically has 10 to 20 students pursuing graduate degrees. The IBRC prides itself on teamwork and readily welcomes student participation in all research and testing activities. Students will graduate from the Center not only with an advanced degree, but with knowledge of research equipment and processes that far exceed what is taught in the classroom environment. 

  • Students should plan on spending a minimum of 20 hours per week on their research projects. Students are expected to set a regular schedule but should understand that there will be times when they will have to come in early or stay late in the laboratory to work on their own research as well as assist with other research in the lab. 
  • Students are expected to be self-motivated and responsible for setting their own goals in order to make progress towards their degrees. 
  • Graduate students are mentors for undergraduate students and should set good examples by teaching others skills that they've learned, following proper laboratory protocols and safety procedures, and keeping all lab spaces clean and orderly. 

Interested graduate students should contact an IBRC Faculty member to discuss their research goals prior to applying to their desired graduate program. Students with external funding to support their graduate studies (e.g. through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program, or employer education programs) are strongly encouraged to apply.