About Student Involvement in ASB
Students make up an important contingent of ASB. In fact, more than half of the 40th annual ASB meeting attendees in Raleigh were students. Beyond the general activities at the ASB annual meeting, there are events specifically designed for students, including the ASB student networking event (which includes a round table discussions with speakers regarding topics of interest to students) and the ASB student night out (an opportunity for students to unwind and network with each other in a casual atmosphere). In addition to events at national and regional conferences, there are many programs in ASB specifically aimed at students.
Benefits of Student Membership
There are currently >350 student members of ASB. One of the benefits of student membership in ASB is participation in the one-on-one student mentoring program. The mentoring program occurs at the annual meeting and is designed to help students establish a professional network and to allow students to seek advice regarding educational or career objectives. Students are paired with a mentor based on shared research and career interests. The student mentoring program had a record 136 student/mentor pairs participate at the annual meeting in Raleigh. In addition to participation in the mentoring program, a membership in ASB facilitates networking with colleagues sharing common interests. Additionally, members receive discounted prices on subscriptions to some biomechanics journals, discounted registration fees at ASB annual meetings, and are eligible to apply for ASB funding opportunities designed specifically for students. These opportunities include the Student Travel Award for attending the annual meeting, and the Grant-In-Aid program that funds graduate research. If you would like to apply for student membership, you can do so here. Annual student membership costs only $20.
ASB Student Representative
Contact information for the current ASB student representative can be found at the Executive Board page. Student representative responsibilities can be found here. The student representative facilitates student involvement in ASB and serves as a liaison between the students and the executive board. Additionally, the student representative selects and chairs the student advisory committee, which was implemented to ensure student participation and representation. The student advisory committee is composed of students from each of the five primary disciplines of ASB: health sciences, engineering and applied science, ergonomics and human factors, biological sciences, exercise and sports science. This committee is responsible for planning the student events at the annual meeting and promoting other initiatives related to student interests in ASB.
The student advisory committee is comprised of the following roles to assist the Student Rep with the responsibilities described:
- Social chair: planning the Student Night Out and other social events for students at the annual meeting
- Mentorship chair: mentor-mentee matching and planning mentoring events at the annual meeting
- Professional Development chair: planning the Student Round Table event at the annual meeting and developing career resources for the student page of the ASB website
- Biomechanics Advocacy chair: encouraging student participation in National Biomechanics Day, and planning an event for students at the annual meeting to promote interest in biomechanics.
If you are interested in serving on the student advisory committee, or if you have any comments or suggestions for this committee, please direct them to the current ASB student representative.
To learn more about the ASB Student Representative position click here.
ASB Student Resources
There is a growing number of resources that are especially beneficial for students on the Education page, including information about graduate programs in biomechanics, helpful videos and presentations, and the Teaching Repository.