Exercise & Sports Science (ExSS) faculty conduct research on a regular basis. Students have ample opportunities to work with research faculty, either as a research participant or as a research assistant. Several ExSS students have been involved in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program. The TURC program offers students an opportunity to conduct supervised research beginning in their first semester.

Interested students should consult with ExSS research faculty, as well as Nona Charleston, Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships ( or 918.631.3511).

The following are examples of ExSS faculty research interests:

Dr. John Caruso, Associate Professor My research examines physiological responses to exercise performed on resistive training equipment that operates independent of gravity. In addition I also conduct research that aims to develop countermeasures to musculoskeletal deconditioning associated with space flight and other disuse atrophy models.

Dr. Jan L. Drummond, Associate Professor My research background includes publications in state, national, and international peer-reviewed journals including content related to fitness perceptions, sport skill analysis, role modeling, fitness facility membership, and gender issues in athletic training. My current research is examining supplemental methods in teaching physical education.

Dr. Eric Wickel, Assistant Professor My research focuses on issues relating to physical activity assessment. I am also interested in the relationship between physical activity and chronic disease. My current research interests are physical activity and energy expenditure assessment.