We're hiring lab assistants for fall 2024! Apply now!

March 21, 2024 -- The Exercise Science department is accepting applications for fall-term 2024 lab assistants, and we invite you to apply! (Current students only.)

To apply for a position, candidates must submit a simple Google form or send an email message that will provide us with the following information:

  • Which lab session(s) you are able and willing to attend
  • When you took prerequisite classes and your course grade(s)
  • Your major and year in school
  • Whether you have been a lab assistant in the past
  • Why you feel you are qualified and want to be a lab assistant (important!)

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who submit their applications by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

EXSC 222: Human Anatomy with Professor Kirsten Coffman
Click this link to view the position description and apply

EXSC 222 Human Anatomy Labs

- Mondays: 11 a.m. – 1:50 p.m. (AA Lab, Class 8096)
- Mondays: 2 – 4:50 p.m. (AB Lab, Class 8097)
- Tuesdays: 8 – 10:50 a.m. (AC Lab, Class 8741) 

EXSC 450: Senior Capstone with Professor Mike Pohl 

Click this link to read the Position Description. Submit a brief statement of interest (one-page maximum) with the following information:

  • Indicate which lab section(s) you are available to attend, as well as any preferences for specific lab section(s) and the number of hours per week you prefer.
  • Explain and/or demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

EXSC 450 Senior Capstone Labs

- Tuesdays: 1 – 3:50 p.m. (AA Lab, Class 8739)
- Thursdays:  – 3:50 p.m. (AB Lab, Class 8740)
- Mondays: 1 – 3:50 p.m. (AC Lab, Class 9243)

Email your statement of interest to Professor Mike Pohl (mpohl@pugetsound.edu). Juniors are welcome to apply. Contact Professor Pohl if you are interested, even if you do not meet the requirements.

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Thank you.


Congratulations Kyra Lee '24
ACSM Thematic Presentation Award Recipient

Feb. 29, 2024 -- The Exercise Science department is excited to share that Kyra Lee '24 claimed the Thematic Presentation Award at this year's American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference Feb. 17 in Moscow, Idaho! Kyra presented her research, “Utilizing Lactate Threshold to Investigate the Effect of Heat on Lung Diffusing Capacity During Exercise,” and was chosen over several other presenters to receive the award. Eddie Davila, ACSM Northwest president, presented the award to Kyra in front of an audience of professionals and peers, with Professors Coffman and McCall in attendance.

"Attending scientific conferences as an undergrad might feel nerve-wracking, but it's totally worth it," said Kyra. "You get to share your research and learn about the latest breakthroughs in your field."

The ACSM is the primary international professional organization for exercise science and sports medicine. The Exercise Science department encourages students' involvement and supports their attendance at the annual meetings. Congratulations, Kyra, on this inspiring recognition!

View the research poster | Scroll down to view the ACSM photo gallery.


News from the 2023 ACSM conference:

March 1, 2023 -- ACSM Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

Several Exercise Science students attended the American College of Sports Medicine Northwest (ACSM NW) annual conference Feb. 24 and 25 in Portland, Ore., returning with positive reports about their experience. "I enjoyed interacting with other students from across the Northwest and learning from others’ college experiences," commented Catherine Frisiras. Professor Gary McCall and Associate Professor Mike Pohl also attended.

Congratulations to Catherine Frisiras and Kevin Covarrubias for presenting their research:

  • “Elevated Lung Diffusing Capacity (DLCO) During Exercise in The Heat,” by Catherine Frisiras '23
  • “Torso and Pelvis Biomechanics Associated with Pitch Velocity in Baseball,” by Kevin Covarrubias '23

Also, congratulations to the "Fabulous Fibulas" -- Kevin Covarrubias, Catherine Frisiras, and Grace Moussa -- the team that represented Puget Sound Exercise Science students in the Jeopardy-style Knowledge Bowl competition, coming close to claiming the coveted award trophy!

If you are thinking about attending next year’s conference, Catherine Frisiras says:

“I highly recommend attending the conference if you are at all interested in networking, learning about research from fellow students and professionals, presenting your own research, or participating in the Knowledge Bowl. Presenting my research was a great way to show what I have been working on for the last year in a professional setting.

Even if you are not presenting research at the conference, getting to see other undergrad and graduate students working on their research is inspiring and helps you apply what you are learning in your classes to their topics!”

The ACSM is the primary international professional organization for exercise science and sports medicine, and the Exercise Science department encourages students' participation. The annual conference includes inspiring speakers and information sessions addressing a wide variety of exercise science-related topics.

Details about next year’s conference will be announced when they are available. In the meantime, visit the ACSM website for information about the organization and enjoy photos from this year's event.