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KINE Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of the Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization is to provide a means for the presentation, consideration, and disposition of all concerns and interests of graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology.

Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • KGSO Social and Study Break!
    • DECEMBER 6th
    • Details to follow after Thanksgiving break
  • KGSO Meeting TBA @ Crossbones Tavern, 5:30pm
    • Great food! Appetizers will be provided!
    • Trivia night to follow!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dog Walking
    • Need some company by someone who will love you no matter what crazy you are going through?  This is a great opportunity to make a puppy friend and give them some greatly needed exercise.
    • Every Friday morning (9am) at Pitt County Animal Shelter
    • Address: 4550 County Home Rd, Greenville, NC 27858
    • Phone: (252) 902-1726
  • Road Races
  • Holiday Food Drives!
  • Holiday Toy or Coat Drives!
  • Have other ideas or suggestions?  Contact us!
  • Did you do some community service on your own time?  We want to know! 
    • Contact us and let us know what you did and when you helped out in the community! 
    • This goes towards your KGSO membership and helps us get funding for you all so let us know!


Join KGSO!

  • Join KGSO Intramural Softball!
    • Email us for more information!
  • Check out membership requirements below

To join KGSO you must complete the following:

  1. Attend a meeting
  2. Participate in a KGSO event
  3. Pay KGSO yearly dues: $5
  4. Register as a member on ECU OrgSync (https://orgsync.com/login/east-carolina-university)
    1. Sign in with your pirate ID
    2. Search for and join the Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization.
  5. Email KGSO Treasurer Erica Bell a list of National Society memberships

Fill out intent to travel form as soon as possible! The sooner we know the better portion out funds for travel requests.

Preference for fund allocation is given to those who submit prior to October 12th.

Click here to download the Intent to Travel form

Fill out intent for certification membership form as soon as possible! The sooner we know the better portion out funds for certification requests.

Preference for fund allocation is given to those who submit prior to October 12th.

Click here to download the Intent for Certification Membership form



2016-2017 KGSO Officers

President: Tyler Whittier
KGSO President
Tyler is a second year graduate student studying motor learning and control. He earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Health and Exercise Science where he also was on the football team. His research interests include the neural pathways controlling bodily movement, electroencephalography, motor imagery, and how healthy lifestyle habits effect the human brain. His thesis project focuses on methods of measuring motor activity by way of EEG. This project involves two subprojects, one monitoring the cognitive demand of running with an altered gait, and the other is looking at the differences in neural activity of left and right-handed individuals as they perform motor-imagery related tasks. When he is not studying(and sometimes when he is) he enjoys being in the mountains, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and anything related to music. He is married to a beautiful wife and they are expecting their first child (a girl) this coming December.

Vice President: Victoria Price

KGSO Vice President
Victoria is a 2nd year Biomechanics graduate student from Austin, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. Victoria's interest include gait, locomotion, prosthesis, and exoskeleton performance and injury prevention. Her current research is investigating knee joint forces as athletes run across different surface stiffnesses. She also enjoys swimming, hiking, running, and climbing.

Treasurer: Erica Bell
Erica is a 4th year doctoral student in the Bioenergetics and Exercise Science PhD program. She transferred to East Carolina University in 2010 and obtained her Bachelor's degree in 2013 while being a member of the Women's Track and Field team during her 3 years of undergraduate study. Her research interests focus on how soft tissue material properties influence injury mechanisms in healthy and clinical populations. Her dissertation work centers on the use of ultrasound imaging technology to measure architectural and material properties of foot soft tissue (muscles, tendons, fascia, heel pad) to use as inputs to create a finite element foot model that will potentially predict/recreate plantar pressures in diabetics. This builds off the idea that a relationship exists between the stiffness (material properties) of intrinsic foot structures and plantar pressures that will help us better understand the mechanism behind the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Having just recently received a New Balance Footwear Research Award, additional work will assess the effect of footwear on foot soft tissue material properties over a training period in experienced runners. When she's not trapped in the lab, Erica enjoys taking pictures of her dog Moose, bowling, music, logic puzzles, and craft projects.

Secretary: Michele Hudgins

Michele is a second year graduate student in the Sport and Exercise Psychology concentration. She is originally from Durham, NC but received her bachelors degree in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware. Michele loves reading (mystery/thriller) and watching sports although she is injury prone. Michele hopes to see KGSO grow this year and looks forward to interacting with all of you!


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