Students’ Corner

Posted on September 27, 2013


Hi students! - I am so excited to have met many of you at ISB 2013, and look forward to meeting you if I haven’t gotten yet. Thank you for providing me with the incredible opportunity to represent you on the Executive Council.

Special thanks to Antonia (centre, left)  for all of her efforts these past two years. She has presented some wonderful initiatives and created fabulous student programming in Natal. She will be missed, but has pledged her time to help with some of the efforts she initiated during her term, which shows how incredibly dedicated she is to enhancing ISB student life. We are lucky to have her!


Student Events at ISB Natal

Two student events were hosted at the Congress. The first was a mentorship round table, which included advice on meaningful topics like balance life, pitching research, publications, and collaborations. Special thanks to Dr. Mary Rodgers, Dr. Alison Sheets, Dr. Walter Herzog, Dr. Darren Stefanyshyn, Dr, Andrew Cresswell, Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray, Dr. Joe Hamill, and Dr. Julie Steele for offering your time and advice to the 65 students in attendance. We also had a wild time on the dune buggies, exploring the beautiful beaches of Genipabu, which included turtles, camels, and lots of fun! As the conference is relatively fresh in our minds, please feel free to provide any feedback or ideas for the ISB Scotland Student programming.

mentoring round-table

Continued and New Initiatives

Over the next two years, I will continue Antonia’s vision of creating an international lab network directory. We will collect specific information about all ISB members that will be searchable by interest keyword. Labs will also be able to post opportunities for graduate and visiting students. Students will also be able to post requests, submitting indications of their interest to engage in certain projects or research topics. On a smaller scale, I would like to expand the information to include expertise about methodology, analysis techniques, and equipment. That way, students can connect with each other when help is needed or questions arise. My vision for this mentoring database is to create stronger linkages within the biomechanics community. Stay tuned for exciting updates on this new feature of the ISB website!


Grant Opportunities

2013-2014 $10,000 Academic Scholarship

Type: Academic scholarship
Value: $10,000
Funded By: AMTI (
Number of $10,000 scholarships: 3
Application cycle begins: August 15, 2013
Application deadline: December 31, 2013
Awardees announced: January 31, 2014

The Force and Motion Foundation is pleased to open the third annual Scholarship competition. Three $10,000 scholarship awards have been set aside for promising research involving multi-axis measurement or multi-axis testing. Two awards will be for students at U.S. universities and a third award is open to students at universities worldwide.

Application Requirements

The Foundation will consider Scholarship applications for research in either of the following areas:

  1. Biomechanics research using multi-axis force measurement.
  2. Multi-axis orthopaedic joint testing.


Travel awards

In addition to the scholarships, the Foundation offers $500 travel awards for scientific posters related to multi-axis force measurement and testing.

How to apply

Scholarship and travel award application info:


Social Media

Remember to check our Facebook (International Society of Biomechanics), Twitter (ISBiomechanics), and LinkedIn (International Society of Biomechanics) accounts to stay connected with us. I will be updating these pages with valuable information, funding announcements, and other helpful information.

We have some great plans and infrastructure in place for the next executive council term. Again, thanks for providing me with the opportunity to enhance student life through my term on the Executive Council. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas, questions, or just to say hi.

Take care,

Kelsey Collins

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