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Student Spotlight: Mitch Magrini
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ph.D. Health and Human Performance
Expected Graduation Date:
Examining the underlying physiological determinants of the rate of force development across the age span.
Graduate Research/Teaching Associate in the OSU Applied Neuromuscular Physiology Laboratory
Why did you choose the health and human performance doctoral program at OSU?
I have always wanted to pursue a career in exercise science, and this program seemed like the best fit for me to continue to learn and make an impact in the field of exercise science. Graduate student involvement in faculty research and development of an independent research agenda was very appealing. I knew I would gain valuable teaching and research experience at Oklahoma State.
How have the faculty at OSU supported you in your research interests?
The faculty have provided me with overwhelming support to pursue my research interests. They have guided me through publishing journal articles, presenting at conferences, purchasing and securing equipment to further my research and mentoring me through the research process. The faculty members in the health and human performance program are dedicated to helping every student develop and improve their exercise science knowledge as well as pursue their research interests.
What’s your proudest moment or accomplishment so far?
My team recently won first place in the OSU mobile app competition with our app, “The Reactive Leg Drop,” which is a simple and novel assessment for predicting and tracking the risk of falling in older individuals. The app allows the assessment to be performed with a smartphone, making the test accessible for healthcare professionals working in geriatrics. I’ve also received grants and awards that have helped further my research, including the OSU Robberson Summer Dissertation Fellowship and the 2018 Central States American College of Sports Medicine Doctoral Research Grant. I’ve had a tremendous support system during my time at OSU, including my wife, family, faculty mentors and fellow graduate students who have been instrumental in my accomplishments. These people have challenged me to be the best I can be, and without them, I’m not sure if I’d be in the same place today.
What would you tell someone who is considering this graduate program?
This is a great program that will prepare you for a successful career after graduation. You will have the opportunity to work alongside outstanding faculty who are leaders in their field on numerous research projects and gain valuable teaching experience. The health and human performance program at OSU has a culture that encourages collaboration between faculty and graduate students. This is a place that will continually push you to strive for excellence and lead you to a successful career.
What does the future hold for you following graduation?
My goal is to be an assistant professor at a university.