Research and Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Health & Exercise Science has research-grade equipment for faculty and students research.  Students engage in research in core courses within their program and often present at conferences with the guidance of faculty.  Students can apply for research funding in order to pursue their interests.  Please see the options below.

Department-Funded Research

The Department of Health & Exercise Science offers the Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund each year to a student for faculty-mentored research, as well as travel funds to students. Dr. Bridget Ann Duoos, PhD in Sports Biomechanics, was a St. Thomas Professor from 1995-2016 & chair of the Department. She was a highly productive scholar who made significant contributions to the discipline and was a dedicated advocate to students' academic success.  This grant was created in her honor to create opportunities for students in the department.  Below you will find the Research Application Materials and the Travel Grant Applicaiton Materials.

Research Application Materials:

1.) Bridget A. Duoos Research Application Instructions (2020)‌‌

2.) Bridget A. Duoos Research Application (2020)

3.) Budget Proposal (Submitted with Application)

For the 2020-21 application please submit all application materials to by April 17th, 2020.  


Past Recipients:

2019-20 Mackenzie O'Connell and Jennifer McKay (joint research)

2018-19 Margaret Miller 

2017-18 Blake Loxtercamp


Travel Grant Application Materials:

Would you like to travel to present your research?  Apply for the travel grant application anytime!

1.) Bridget A. Duoos Travel Grant Applications 



University-Funded Research

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides a variety of grants to undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas. Visit the UROP website for more information here.  Some grants students in the Health & Exercise Science department often pursue:

  • Collaborative Inquiry Grants – Faculty/student research opportunities for both fall and spring semesters.  Find more information here.
  • Excel! Research Scholars - The Excel! Research Scholars Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate school admission for summer research.  Find more information here.