Human Performance Lab

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is there a stipend and/or tuition waiver?  Yes, a stipend and tuition waiver for each Fall/Spring/Summer of the 3 years (PhD) or 2 years (MS) is provided, renewable after each year.

2) Can I enroll in the program without receiving a stipend?  No, only those accepted to receive a stipend and tuition waiver are accepted into the program.

3) Am I housed in the HPL?  Yes, all students receiving a stipend have their own carrel and workspace to promote daily interaction with the faculty, staff, and other students.

4) Is it necessary to visit the HPL and faculty during the application process?  Yes, all serious potential students visit before the January 15 deadline, and it is recommended to visit during the prior fall semester.  The visit is usually scheduled over the course of a full day (8 am to ~4 pm) to allow time to meet all the faculty, staff, and students, and to see the facilities and campus.  Contact Scott Trappe, PhD to set up a visit.

5) How many students do you take each year?  We usually take 2-3 students in each of the PhD and Exercise Physiology MS programs, and the process is highly competitive.

6) Do I need a strong science background?  Yes, a strong science background (inorganic and organic chemistry, biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and exercise physiology) is highly preferred for both the Human Bioenergetics PhD and Exercise Physiology MS programs.

7) What is the typical course of study for a PhD or MS student?  Please see the Degree Requirements in the Human Bioenergetics PhD or Exercise Physiology MS section of our website for a detailed outline of the requirements, typical course progression, and electives.

8) What are the current areas of research for the HPL faculty?  Please see the HPL Research page and related PubMed links to see the ongoing research in the HPL.  Please feel free to request pdf documents of research articles if necessary.

9) What do the graduates of the HPL programs go on to do after completing their program of study?  With approximately 50 PhD graduates and over 100 graduates of the Exercise Physiology MS program, we take pride in the future successes and placement of our students.  Graduates of the PhD program typically go on to complete post-doctoral training in an area of their interest, obtain a university professorship, or enter an industry-based research or administrative position.  Graduates of the Exercise Physiology MS program typically enter a PhD program of their choice.

10) Do I need to be accepted to both the Graduate School and HPL?  Yes, follow the specific instructions for both the Graduate School and the HPL.

11) Can I have a school post mail my transcripts for the HPL component of the application process? No, only Adobe pdf documents sent to HPL@bsu.edu are accepted (scanned versions ok). Check with the Graduate School for their specific requirements.

12) Can I have the GRE post mail my transcripts for the HPL component of the application process? No, only Adobe pdf documents sent to HPL@bsu.edu are accepted (scanned versions ok). Check with the Graduate School for their specific requirements.