MSU Seeks Nordic Skiing Graduate Students

Alex KochonNovember 20, 2012
Upper-body power testing with the Montana State University Nordic Team (Dan Heil photo)

Graduate Study of Exercise Physiology in Nordic Skiing

The Department of Health & Human Development (HHD) at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT, is actively seeking applications for graduate study in applied exercise physiology (Masters degree only; Fall 2013). Dr Dan Heil (, a Professor in exercise physiology, specializes in studies of physiological and biomechanical determinants of Nordic skiing performance, as well as the development of models of energy expenditure during sport and work performance.

Our lab has an oversized treadmill for roller ski testing of Nordic skiers and there are several on-going collaborative studies on Nordic skiing with several other research labs. Here is an on-line article recently posted by the MSU Media Services about the lab’s testing of the MSU Nordic Ski Team:

We also have lots of lab testing photos on the Facebook page for the Movement Science / Human Performance Lab (MSL):!/pages/MSU-Movement-Science-Human-Performance-Lab/125387057512054

More information about Dr Heil’s background can be found at this web address:

More information about our graduate program is here:

Graduate Assistantships (teaching and research) may be available to qualified applicants, the details of which are specific to each faculty member. Applicants should contact Dr. Heil directly about the availability of assistants for the 2013 Fall semester.

Qualifications: In general, the best qualified applicants will have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, or related field (such as biology), with undergraduate coursework that includes:

Anatomy and Physiology (1 yr + labs)

Inorganic Chemistry



Anatomical Kinesiology


Exercise Physiology

Exercise Testing & Prescription

Applicants who do not have this coursework within their submitted transcripts when applying may be required to take some of these courses as prerequisites to the HHD graduate program in exercise physiology.

Deadline for Applications: While applicants can apply at any time to the graduate program, the first round of reviews for applicants wanting to begin in the Fall of 2013 begins after February 15th, 2013.

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Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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