Health Sciences Fellowships – Sample Position Descriptions
Merrimack College Athletics Fellowships
Merrimack College Campus Fitness, Recreation and Wellness Fellowships
Merrimack College Health Sciences Research Fellowships
Professional Field Experience Fellowships
Honors Practicum Fellowship
Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship
Health Sciences Teaching Assistants
This sampling of fellowship positions may change. Not all positions are offered each year.
The Department of Health Sciences in collaboration with the Department of Athletics offers Graduate Fellowships for the positions Strength & Conditioning Coach and Certified Athletic Trainer. The Athletics Fellowships require a commitment of 20 hours per week and cover approximately one-half the cost of full-time tuition.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Fellows work under the supervision of the College’s Director and Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning to provide training programs for the College’s women’s and men’s varsity athletic teams. Merrimack is a Division 2 member of the Northeast-10 Conference and Division 1 member of Hockey East Association. The College has 24 women and men’s varsity athletic teams. Each Fellow will be assigned primary supervision of a minimum of two varsity sports, and assist with other teams as needed. Responsibilities include program design and implementation within the assigned teams; participation in staff meetings and training; in-service educational sessions; and facility maintenance.
Certified Athletic Trainer
Fellows who are nationally certified Athletic Trainers work under the direct supervision of the College’s Head Athletic Trainer to provide all aspects of athletic training healthcare services for the College’s varsity athletic teams. Responsibilities include providing healthcare to the student-athletes, including at practices and during games. Each Athletic Training graduate fellow will be assigned the responsibility of a selected varsity team each season, which may include travel, nights (when not in class), weekends, and possibly holidays, depending on the team schedule. Fellows may also have the opportunity to serve as a preceptor for undergraduate students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) at Merrimack.
The Department of Health Sciences in collaboration with Campus Fitness and Recreation and Campus Wellness offers Graduate Fellowships for the positions a) Intramurals and Recreation Coordinator; b) Fitness Center and Group Exercise Coordinator; and c) Collegiate Wellness Coordinator. Campus Fitness, Recreation, and Wellness Fellowships require a commitment of 20 hours per week and cover approximately one-half the cost of full-time tuition.
Intramurals and Recreation Coordinator
The Graduate Fellow works under the supervision of the College’s Director of Campus Fitness and Recreation to plan, implement and coordinate intramural and recreation programs on and off campus. Graduate fellow will gain a wealth of experience managing collegiate intramurals and recreation as part of an expansive team that includes experienced professionals and student staff.
Fitness Center and Group Exercise Coordinator
The Graduate Fellow serving as Fitness Center and Group Exercise Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of Campus Fitness and Recreation. The Fellow will be responsible for developing fitness programs, managing events, and coordinating group exercise and related fitness programs. Graduate Fellow will gain a wealth of experience managing collegiate fitness as part of an expansive team that includes experienced professionals and student staff.
Collegiate Wellness Coordinator
The Graduate Fellow serving as Collegiate Wellness Coordinator works under the supervision of the Director of Wellness Education to provide health promotion and wellness services for students, faculty and staff on campus. The Fellow will be primarily responsible for developing, implementing and assessing selected programs offered by the Office of Wellness Education. In addition, the Fellow will be responsible for scheduling, coordinating and marketing a wide variety of health promotion and wellness programs and activities. The Graduate Fellow will be part of an expansive team of professionals and students, and will gain a wealth of experience managing collegiate wellness programs.
The Department of Health Sciences offers Graduate Fellowships for the position Research Fellow. The Fellows are given considerable responsibility with all stages of the research process (from study design and implementation to analysis and reporting) and gain valuable professional experience for a variety of careers in Health Sciences. Fellows work under the guidance of a faculty member and will choose an area of interest that closely parallels ongoing work by faculty in the Department of Health Sciences. There are many areas for possible research focus and examples are provided below. The Research Fellowship requires a commitment of 15 hours per week and provides a $10,000 scholarship towards the cost of full- time tuition.
Possible Areas of Research Study
Applied Exercise Science
The Research Fellows will assist in the design and execution of a dose-response exercise study for older adults led by Dr. Michael Corcoran. The Fellow will oversee the implementation of exercise programs carried out at the Andover YMCA Active Living Center for Older Adults. The Fellow will assist in all recruitment activities, training of undergraduate research assistants, overseeing program fidelity, and collecting data related to physical function, anthropometrics, and select psychosocial factors. The Fellow should have an interest in working with disabled populations as well as a background in exercise prescription.
Applied Nutritional Science
The Research Fellows will work with Dr. Juliana Cohen, an experienced researcher in public health nutrition science policy. The project will focus on nutritional policies and practices of fast food restaurant chains and the influence of child and family food choices as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Responsibilities will include data collection and analyses involving children’s nutrition research, and evaluation of strategies used by fast food restaurants to influence children’s orders, children’s consumption in schools, and/or the role of childhood diet on cognitive functioning.
Community Nutrition and Health Promotion
The Research Fellow will work with a multidisciplinary team on several possible nutrition programs to promote health and wellness. A key example includes the national Campus Kitchen Project (CKP), which is an innovative social venture and community initiative to help end hunger. The Graduate Fellow will play a key leadership role on the project and learn important skills such as project management, supervision, marketing, and planning. The Fellow will also be involved in developing and assessing program outcome evaluations. These are highly sought after skills and experiences in the job marketplace across all disciplines of health promotion.
Youth Fitness and Physical Activity
The Research Fellows will work with Drs. Kyle McInnis, Kevin Finn and Zi Yan on an ongoing community-based youth research program called Active Science. The purpose of Active Science is to promote physical activity in school and afterschool programs among underserved children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The Child Obesity Team at the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funds Active Science, which is offered at YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and public schools across the U.S. Responsibilities will include supervising children’s fitness programs and using a mobile app, tablet and cloud-based data management system as part of data collection and program evaluation. Other positions working with children in community-based afterschool programs also exist, including skills-based health education, physical activity in schools, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming lead by Dr. Sarah Benes.
Physical Activity, Intellectual Disability and Cognitive Research
The Research Fellows will work with Drs. Zi Yan and April Bowling on their respective studies investigating the beneficial role of physical activity for young adults or children with intellectual disabilities (ID), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and related cognitive issues. The Fellows will gain experience in study design, program planning and implementation, data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and research dissemination. This will also include opportunities such as coordinating and leading peer education and service-learning projects for young adults with ID in the Merrimack Valley (led by Dr. Yan) and research on the connection between attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and child obesity (led by Dr. Bowling).
Human Performance Research
The Research Fellow will work with Dr. Tunde Szivak to study resistance exercise performance or Dr. Cynthia Ferrara to study the use of mobile applications to promote physical activity. These positions include flexibility for students to create and run their own research projects using state-of-the-art equipment in our Human Performance Laboratory (e.g., BodPod, force plate, Neurotracker, Zephyr Bioharness, and much more). Fellows will be involved in training and evaluating athletes and non-athletes as part of the research program, and will also be responsible for managing and coordinating logistics associated with conducting applied research projects involving athletic populations.
The Research Fellows will be primarily responsible for the planning, coordination, organizing and implementing of both ongoing clinical research projects, as well as the determination of new biomechanics clinical research initiatives in conjunction with Andrew Cannon, MHS, PT, SCS and David Manderville, Ph.D. The Research Fellow will be responsible for all biomechanics related equipment, inclusive of the 3D Gait cameras and computer used to assess mobility in athletes and non-athletes. The Fellow may become involved in campus and community outreach to further provide experience and training in biomechanics clinical research and education. Fellows will be also have the opportunity to visit and interact with researchers in the New Balance Biomechanics Laboratory located within its Lawrence facility.
Health Literacy Research
The Research Fellow will work with Dr. Traci Alberti on an ongoing Community Hospital clinical research program on health promotion and health literacy. The purpose of project is to promote improved understanding and effective communication about health issues and information between healthcare providers and patients. The research will involve collaboration with clinicians from the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. This will also include opportunities such as coordinating focus groups and related project and patient education activities in the hospital setting. The Fellow will gain experience in study design, program planning and implementation, data collection and analysis, literature reviews, and research dissemination.
The Department of Health Sciences offers a variety of Professional Field Experience (PFE) Fellowships in collaboration with its’ many external partners in healthcare, health promotion, athletic training, community wellness, fitness, human performance, Collegiate and professional athletics, and more. Fellows are matched to an external site placement for an immersive experience related to their area of interest. Fellows gain professional qualifications and develop a wide range of experiences and skills that provide a variety of career related opportunities.
A list of sample field experience sites currently offered as part of the PFE Fellowship Program is shown below. Additional site placements are continually being developed so a variety of experiences may be available to fit the interests of the Fellow. PFE Fellowships require a commitment of 15 hours per week over both semesters (fall and spring) and provides a $10,000 scholarship towards the cost of full-time tuition.
Examples of Existing Health Sciences PFE Fellowship Sites:
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute Wellness Program
- Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning
- Tufts University Strength and Conditioning
- Tufts University Obesity Research Program
- Merrimack Valley YMCA Active Living Center (including LiveStrong, Better Balance, and other programs for special populations)
- Whittier Hospital Rehabilitation Center
- State Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- Many High School and Collegiate Athletic Training programs
Special Fellowship Program for Registered Dietician Candidates:
WELLNESS WORKDAYS DIETETIC INTERNSHIP (DI) FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
This Fellowship Program combines one of the existing Merrimack College Health Sciences graduate degrees (e.g., Health and Wellness Management, Community Health Education, or Exercise and Sports Science) with the accredited Dietetic internship program offered by Wellness Workdays, Inc. The complementary programs create a unique pairing where Registered Dietician candidates dually enroll and complete all requirements for both programs in one calendar year. The Dual MS-DI Fellowship provides a $10,000 scholarship towards the cost of full-time tuition at Merrimack. For more information, visit Wellness Workdays or Heath Sciences graduate programs websites.
Other Professional Development Opportunities For Graduate Fellows and Non-Fellows: HEALTH SCIENCES TEACHING ASSISTANTS (TAs)
The Department of Health Sciences has over 20 Teaching Assistant (TA) positions each semester. Teaching Assistants work closely with Health Sciences faculty members as part of the undergraduate programs in public health, nutrition, exercise science, athletic training, and rehabilitation sciences. Graduate TAs work 10 hours per week and are paid $1,500 per semester. A sample of Health Sciences courses with available TA positions is shown in the table below. Please contact Lindsey Mattos (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Sample of Health Science Sample Course List for TA Positions
|Anatomy and Physiology I||Strength and Conditioning|
|Anatomy and Physiology II||Nutrition, Diet and Health|
|Pathophysiology||Intro to Public Health|
|Exercise Physiology||Careers in Health Sciences|
|Biomechanics||Exercise Testing and Prescription|