My Experience as a Research Subject

Just attending a major research university offers so many possibilities to get involved in research and to meet interesting people all around campus. We hear a lot about the benefits to getting involved in research as an undergraduate research assistant but there are also a number of good reasons to become a subject in a research study.

KSI, or the Korey Stringer Institute is a lab you may have never heard of but involves people you probably have heard of. They are partnered with the NFL, Gatorade, Camelbak, Mission, and others to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter and laborer. It’s research that develops life-saving knowledge and product development.

I found KSI many years ago when I came across a flyer offering compensation and athletic apparel for participation in a heat study. I now participate in most studies at the Institute that I am eligible for. It was the compensation and curiosity that lured me in, but it was the fascinating things I learned about myself and the research area while being a participant. The researchers come from all over the world to pursue a PhD here at UConn and with a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

As someone that is interested in human performance, I learned of many career paths and areas of interest that I would never have learned about had I not ventured into that heat chamber for the first time. There are opportunities in almost any area of interest that you can imagine and they are all right here being led by thought leaders. If you want to learn more about the research happening at UConn, a Career Consultant can help you with that!

By Eran Peterson
Eran Peterson Assistant Director, Career Coaching and Counseling Eran Peterson