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A Day in the Life

Tara L. Mader
Field of Study: Estrogenic influences on reactive oxygen species production in aging skeletal muscle
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Research Title: Research Assistant, Functional Proteomics of Aging Trainee

Tara_student"The Rehab Science program is a broad program that encompasses many different types of research across many areas. A typical day for me in the past year has included doing bench work in the lab for my project and collaboration projects; reading current literature and developing a dissertation project; taking courses in the fields of physiology and aging. After I complete the program I intend to continue my training in the physiology of the aging musculoskeletal system through a post-doctoral position. My hobbies, apart from research, include horseback riding, running, playing the violin and piano, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends."

Theresa Schreder, OTR/L
Field of Study: Occupational Therapy
Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Theresa_student"There is no typical day. Some days I work at my job, some days I am on campus for classes, and some days I am home studying/completing homework. My hobbies, apart from research, include music. I play oboe in a community band and at church. I also love to travel and to bike and hike in the warmer months."

Justin Staker
Field of Study: Shoulder Biomechanics
Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA
Research Title: Movement-based shoulder diagnostic classification system in athletes

Justin_student"My time in the Rehabilitation Science program is characterized by variety. As a teaching assistant, I am partly responsible for both preparing classrooms and developing and delivering lectures to Doctor of Physical Therapy students. In this role, I am challenged to refine my teaching skills and enhance my mastery of the content. As a research assistant, I am responsible for facilitating numerous projects within the lab including recruiting subjects, data analysis, and assisting colleagues in the hypothesis development and testing. As a student in the program, I currently have a number of graduate courses I am completing while I develop my research focus. I am challenged and rewarderd by the variety of my roles within the program and satisfied knowing each is essential to my development as an educator and researcher."

Chih-Huang Yu (Jeffrey)
Field of Study: Occupational Therapy
Hometown: Taiwan
Research Title: The effect of a supination assisted dynamic splint on persons with a hemi-paretic arm

Chih_student"A typical day for me in the past year has included taking classes and teaching OT Masters students. I also spend most of the semester writing my dissertation proposal and developing my splint prototype. I have also worked on a systematic literature review about the effect of OT interventions for people with multiple sclerosis. After I complete the program, I intend to be an educator and researcher in occupational therapy, focusing on splint design for various hand problems. My hobbies, apart from research, include scuba diving and mountain hiking in Taiwan."

Our Current Students

Lynda Anderson
Advisor: Peggy Martin

Christine Cabelka
Advisor: Dawn Lowe

Dan Chantigian
Advisor: Manda Keller-Ross

Brittany Collins
Advisor: Dawn Lowe

Mary Foltz
Advisor: Arin Ellingson

Kate Frost
Advisor: Jim Carey

Jenny Hutson
Advisors: LeAnn Snow, Peggy Martin

Leah Johnson
Advisors: Corey McGee (primary), Paula Ludewig

Craig Kage
Advisor: Arin Ellingson

Mia Larson
Advisor: Ann Van de Winckel

Becky Lawrence
Advisor: Paula Ludewig

Tara Mader
Advisor: Dawn Lowe

Theresa Nichols
Advisors: Mike Potegal (primary), Peggy Martin

Tonya Rich
Advisor: Bernadette Gillick

Justin Staker
Advisor: Paula Ludewig

Jean Stout
Advisor: Paula Ludewig

Rebekah Summers
Advisor: Teresa Kimberley

Joyce Trost
Advisors: Dawn Lowe (primary), Teresa Kimberley

Tammy Vos-Draper
Advisors: Virgil Mathiowetz, John Ferguson

Jeffrey Yu
Advisor: Virgil Mathiowetz