Dr. Eric DrinkwaterThe one prevailing theme that made my time as a graduate student in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation so successful and enjoyable was the widespread support I received. The collegiality of all the research students played a very important role in peer support. There was also outstanding support from the school in the form of Graduate Assistance funding for delivering lectures, laboratory instructing, and grading of undergraduate assignments. This support allowed me to have an income in my field of study and gain valuable academic work experience while getting my thesis through to completion.
The support, guidance and inspiration I drew from my supervisor bears special mention. As a supervisor, Prof Behm treated me with the respect of a colleague rather than as a student, and the amount time he devoted to me was exceptional. Prof Behm was exemplary in illustrating that applied sport science research could still be of high scientific quality… an attitude that later helped me secure a four-year position at the Australian Institute of Sport working with world champion and Olympic-level athletes.
There is no doubt that the support I received was pivotal to my success as a graduate student, as well as to the successes I have had since. I now reflect on my experiences in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University for guidance on the best ways to provide support to research students of my own.
I hold the following degrees:
Bachelor of Physical Education, Memorial University, Class of 1996
Master of Physical Education, Memorial University, 2001
Doctor of Philosophy., Victoria University (Australia), 2006
Since graduating from Memorial University with the MPE:
2001 to 2005 - Ph.D. candidate, Victoria University, Melbourne Australia
2001 to 2005 - Research Scholar, Australian Institute of Sport, Department of Physiology
2005 to present - Lecturer, Charles Sturt University (Australia)