Ph.D. Candidate Busa Awarded Dissertation Grant

May 23, 2013

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Michael Busa recently won a $1000 Dissertation Research Grant from the UMass Amherst Graduate School.

“I was quite pleased to find out that I received the Dissertation Research Grant; it will allow for me to more effectively pursue my dissertation research. This is a great opportunity for doctoral students to pursue their own funding and I'm honored to receive the award,” says Busa.

Busa explains his dissertation, whose working title is “Sensation, Perception and Posture: Cutaneous Information Use in the Control of Posture”, “aims to expand the understanding of how sensory information, gathered through the soles of the feet, influences the control of human standing.”

The faculty advisors on Busa’s dissertation are Professor of Kinesiology Richard Van Emmerik, and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Brian Umberger. The grants are chosen through a competitive proposal process in the fall and spring semesters. Approximately 40 grants were awarded during the 2012-2013 school year, and Busa received the maximum amount of funding available per student.