Directed Studies Research Internship
KPER 4600

What is it?

The Directed Studies Research Internship is an opportunity to enhance your education, professional growth, and to allow further insight into what conducting research is all about. You'll participate in a research environment with a professor of your choice. Details of each research internship will be unique, and will be listed on the student’s transcript according to the name given to the internship (E.g. ‘Physical activity and diabetes prevention’).

The Course

This internship opportunity offers an experience in research culture at the University of Manitoba. You cab construct your course syllabus and project outline in consultation with your advising professor.

Components of include:

  • A total of 140 hours, including on-site (at least 40 hrs) and off-site (at least 40 hrs) study

  • Recommended evaluation as follows:

    • 40% - 60% on in-the-field research (performance, punctuality, neatness, organization, record-keeping)

    • 15% - 25% on computer-based skills (preparation of oral presentations using PowerPoint or equivalent software; data analysis, reduction and presentation; use of computer-based library and other reference resources)

    • 15% - 45% information synthesis and transfer (literature review, seminars, discussions, research data summary)

How to Register

  1. Contact the supervising professor your interested in doing an internship with to verify that the professor is available, and has a research opportunity available you

  2. Meet with the supervising professor and complete a project outline. This outline must include a detailed description of the project, including the estimated number of hours the project will take, and an outline of the written submission

  3. Meet with the faculty undergraduate program administrator to complete the Directed Studies Course approval form, containing the project outline completed by you in consultation with your supervising professor. Supervising professors cannot guarantee a project will be approved until the associate dean (undergraduate education) has approved it, so approval in advance of the commencement of the term is required

  4. The approval form must be submitted to the associate dean (undergraduate education), who will consult with the supervising professor on whether the project is acceptable as outlined, or whether revisions are required

  5. Once approved, the undergraduate program administrator can set up the registration for the course. Registration cannot occur without associate dean (undergraduate education) approval

Participating Faculty Members & Areas of Study

Todd Duhamel, PhD
Exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation

Russell Field, PhD

History of sport and physical activity

Gordon Giesbrecht, PhD
Neuromuscular control of exercise in extreme environments including cold, heat and hypoxia

Cheryl Glazebrook, PhD
Motor control and learning: examining the effects of multisensory information on how humans with and without disabilities perform movements
Perceptual Motor Integration Lab

Joannie Halas,
Culturally relevant physical education and health; access to quality physical education/activity for Indigenous children and youth.

Kelsey Johansen, M.A.
Anthropology of tourism (including host-guest interactions), volunteer tourism, sustainable nature-based tourism, and food and agricultural tourism. Advanced qualitative methods, especially ethnography, and phenomenology.

jay johnson,


  • The impact(s) of climatic change on our physical experiences and the interfaces with the environment
  • Youth and Aboriginal youth physical experiences and the built environment
  • Experiential, therapeutic outdoor adventure based education
  • Community-based research examining the function of the bicycle, culture and community in activ(ism)
  • Child labor issues
  • Bullying and hazing
  • Doping


Steven Passmore,
Motor Control & Learning/Health Care Integration: Objective performance based measures for clinical intervention of populations with back pain and spine diseases. Clinical registry/database management and analysis of surgical, and conservatively managed spine populations. Measurement of the perceptual factors that influence the delivery of manual therapy interventions (chiropractic, physical therapy, massage). The laboratory utilizes behavioural, biomechanical, and neurophysiological measurement techniques.

Ayesha Saleem, PhD


  • Exercise physiology
  • Extracellular vesicles
  • Chronic diseases
  • Mitochondrial metabolism
  • Obesity, diabetes, asthma
  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Cellular cross-talk


Ben Schellenberg,
Sport/exercise psychology, psychology of sports fans

Trisha Scribbans,
The overarching objective of Dr. Scribbans' research program is to understand how the nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial (neuromyofascial) systems interact to produce and influence movement and force production of the upper limb. In additional to improving our understanding of how these systems interact, this information will inform the development of novel assessment tools and techniques and the identification and optimization of management interventions for musculoskeletal disorders.

Veronica Silva,
Visual perception and cognitive aspects of balance, locomotion and mobility; aging, mobility and falls

Jonathan Singer,
Biomechanical mechanisms of static and dynamic balance control

Leisha Strachan,
Topics related to sport psychology including positive youth development, youth experiences in sport, and coaching

(Note: on leave July 2019 to June 2020)

Shaelyn Strachan,
Promotion of health through adherence to physical activity: researching the relationship between self-related variables, such as exercise identity or social cognitions, and the self-regulation of exercise.

Sarah Teetzel,
Sociocultural and ethical aspects of sport, doping in sport, and gender issues in sport

(Note: on maternity leave until December 31, 2019. Accepting students for Winter 2020 term)

Christine Van Winkle,
Cultural tourism

Kyoung June (David) Yi,
Diversity and inclusion studies in physical activity (individuals experiencing disabilities, Indigenous students, and newcomers to Canada); health and physical education pedagogy (culturally relevant and sustaining approaches); health and physical literacies promotion; lived experiences in physical activity contexts