Students’ Corner

Posted on March 24, 2015

Hi Trainees,

As you may know, ISB elections are approaching.  I am pleased to announce four candidates for the 2015-2017 ISB Student Representative Position from Canada, Brazil, Australia and Germany. You can find their profiles on the Student Candidates page.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite candidate! Instructions for voting will be sent via email shortly.


ISB Glasgow Student Events

We are excited to announce several exciting student sessions this year! Postdocs are welcome to join many of these events as well. The events are being offered on a first come, first served basis – make sure to register for the congress soon to secure your spot! Learn more at:

Our Student Excursion will be held Monday, July 13th at GoApe! Aberfoyle, located just outside of Glasgow. This Tarzan-like treetop adventure is free of charge, and restricted to MSc or PhD student ISB members. In order to join the Student Excursion, you must also register for the mentoring session, offered Monday July 13th from 12:40- 13:30. Register soon – space is limited!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. Don’t forget to follow @ISBiomechanics (twitter), International Society of Biomechanics (Facebook), International Society of Biomechanics Student Group, and the International Society of Biomechanics members LinkedIn page.


Ten Tips for Success

A student perspective

Ten tips for success, paraphrased from our interview with Julie Steele:

  1. To make an impact, you have to be prepared to do something different. If you are repeating what has been done before, it will be difficult for you to stand out. If you have a great idea, don’t let a lack of equipment stop you. Within the biomechanics community, there are opportunities for collaborations and the benefits when your ideas become reality are incredibly rewarding.
  2. Follow your passion. After my Honours, I applied for positions all over Australia, but only received one interview, at the University of Wollongong. They interviewed me for two reasons: Who was this girl (with only an Honours degree) who was applying for a Senior Lecturer position? Despite my inexperience, my reference letters were very strong and were from very respected academics. My passion and strong references afforded me this opportunity.
  3. Luck comes to those who work for it. You can be in the right place at the right time, but you have to be ready. Whats the worst that can happen? Be ready to put yourself out Let your work, and the professionalism of your work, stand for itself.
  4. There is no perfect solution to work-life balance. Take the uniqueness of your situation and make the most of it.
  5. Select mentors who encourage you to go beyond your comfort zone. Professor Bruce Elliot, one of my first mentors, encouraged me to convert my passion for netball into an Honours thesis, which started my career in biomechanics.
  6. Look for opportunity in unconventional places. I was on several 1-year contracts after being hired at the University at Wollongong. I saw this as an opportunity, as one year of security is not common in many other jobs. BUT - Be judicious about opportunities. It’s ok to say no to “opportunities” that may not be in your best interests!
  7. Academia is a career of rejection. Be resilient – be prepared to challenge yourself, but accept that rejection is a part of our job. When you miss out on that grant application or publication, look for Plan B and submit them again!
  8. Rejection does not give you permission to repeat the same pattern. Learn from mistakes and integrate rejection in a meaningful way.
  9. Leading by example can be one of the best sources of motivation. Passion and professionalism go a very long way.
  10. Learning what the ISB does, giving back, and making a difference is incredibly rewarding. Leveraging the ISB network has helped me in so many ways. I encourage my students to use the ISB Congress as an opportunity to build confidence, network with other students, and I feel privileged to be involved. “I owe so much of my career to ISB.” – Being from Australia, you have to be careful about which conferences you attend because of the long travel distances and high costs. I was advised to target a relevant conference where I could present my work, and keep some sort of continuity. As ISB is only every two years (and not annually) and caters for a broad spectrum of biomechanics, the ISB was the perfect international network for me and my students.


Kelsey Collins

ISB Student Representative

PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

All the best,

Kelsey Collins

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