Students’ Corner March, 2018 by Melissa Ann Boswell

Posted on April 5, 2018

Wise Words from Past Student Representatives of ISB

Kirsty McDonald, PhD Student, School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

Take advantage of the mentorship program! Pair up with someone now, because this is the best ISB student resource. You can browse through the list of available mentors online and tee the whole thing up over email. You can also take part in mentor initiatives at conferences, such as roundtables and one-on-one pairings. Another thing you should do is network with other students – go to the student events at conferences, chat on the ISB student Facebook group. You might end up with good friends and future collaborators!  A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes, and it is great to be a part of a Society so focused on supporting its student members.  The travel grant programs are also fantastic.

Kelsey Collins, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Don't be afraid to network and ask questions. The ISB has a palpable sense of community which offers an incredible amount of support and mentorship for students. The ISB executive is willing to support initiatives that facilitate student networking, mentorship, and of course, fun! In the role of ISB student representative, I was afforded the opportunity to interview many influential ISB members and work closely with other students and Postdoctoral fellows. Being able to meet at off-year meetings (i.e. WCB 2014) at ISB-sponsored events provided continuity and engagement of students, as well as additional professional engagement opportunities. The focus on student development really sets the ISB apart, and I have benefited directly from that!

Antonia Zaferiou, PhD, Director of Motion Analysis, Rush Medical College, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Don't be afraid to talk about your research projects early in your PhD and not be scared of critiques, especially in development. ISB Congress is a great way to meet to new people. During the student events, you meet friends that you will stay friends with through your career as you share the challenges and excitements of becoming an independent researcher. Being a part of the mentoring program helped me connect with other students and network with leaders in biomechanics. I feel very committed to be a lifelong member because of how welcomed I was into the society. It's also great to meet people who enjoy traveling the world and learning about different cultures.

Allison Gruber, PhD, Assistant Professor in Kinesiology, School of Public Health, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Be supportive of fellow researchers, even those in a competitive line of research! Get involved with the society and sign up for the student events and mentoring. Make connections with students and established professors. This will help put a face to the name of your post-doc application. I still benefit from the collaborations that started when I was a student rep from 2009 to 2011.

Cheryl Metcalf, PhD, Principal Enterprise Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

If you have even half an inclination to do something, do it. Get involved in the ISB community – say yes! You never know where decisions like this will take you. It’s a fantastic networking opportunity, but also can open up doors in your career that you hadn’t even thought of. You also gain an insight into what it takes to be a leader in your field – it’s great as a learning experience. I still draw on this experience to help inform my own strategy and trying to think about risk mitigation, etc. It’s been an invaluable opportunity.

Biomechanics on our Minds (BOOM) Podcast

We have now released the first three episodes of our new biomechanics podcast, BOOM! It is available for free on SoundCloud. The first episode is with Dr. Brian Davis from the University of Akron on biomechanics “off the beaten path,” the second episode features Dr. Scott Delp from Stanford University on open science, and the third episode is with Dr. Filipe Carpes on biomechanics in economically developing countries. Be on the lookout for the fourth episode with Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray on collaborations across universities and disciplines. You can email us with ideas for biomechanics topics or to share a “research fail” on the podcast at

World Congress of Biomechanics Student Event

We will hold an event for the ISB students in Dublin during the World Congress of Biomechanics - more details to follow.  Looking forward to seeing familiar faces from Brisbane and meeting new student members!

Connect with ISB on Social Media

Keep up to date with ISB by liking our ISB Facebook Page, joining the Student Members Facebook Page and following ISB on Twitter! If you have any feedback, comments, suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me at

Additional thank you to Anne Koelewijn for her help with putting together the “Wise Words” article!

Kind Regards,
Melissa Boswell

Tagged as: Comments Off
Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Trackbacks are disabled.