Students have tremendous opportunities to go above and beyond the classroom by taking part in research, community service, conferences and study abroad experiences.
Active engagement in research
Students are required to write a research proposal as part of their capstone experience. Additionally, students are encouraged to seek out research opportunities with graduate students and faculty. These experiences are crucial for successfully navigating the graduate school application process and contribute to a well-rounded professional resume.
Community service involvement
Since students must complete 50 hours of community service while in the program, the SEP Club has taken a prominent role in organizing at least two
community service events per month, open to both club and
non-club members. These events not only provide students with opportunities to accumulate
community service hours to meet their graduation requirement, but more importantly,
they help students to establish and build connections with the Morgantown community.
Some of the community service events that students have participated in the past
included cooking dinner at the West Virginia Grief Center, volunteering at the
Animal Friends Thrift Shoppe and assisting with Decker’s Creek Adopt a Highway.
Professional and student conferences
Conferences are ideal opportunities for students to network with other
undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from a variety of
universities. Attending conferences demonstrates genuine interest
in graduate school which could potentially distinguish a student from similarly
qualified candidates. Some students have presented their capstone research
projects at conferences. Recently, students
have attended the annual conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Students have also attended regional conferences at Temple University, Miami University,
Michigan State, Bowling Green University and Ball State University.
Most years the SEP program hosts
a faculty-led study abroad trip to add a sport-related cross-cultural component to students’
studies. Recent faculty-led study abroad trips include destinations such as: Czech Republic, Denmark, South Africa, Swaziland and Sweden.