Erik Ostrowski | COEHS | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Erik Ostrowski


Hometown: La Mirada, CA
Year: Second year Graduate Student Research
Interests:  Motor Learning

Q: How did you end up at SIU Carbondale and in Kinesiology?
A: I had a strong desire to pursue a career in healthcare with an emphasis in exercise.  I also wanted to attend a school that was close in proximity to my family, who live in Red Bud, Illinois.

Q: What do you like most about the department of Kinesiology?
A: I like the faculty in the Kinesiology Department the most.  They care just as much about their students in the classroom as they do about their research outside of the classroom.  They are all extremely motivated and energetic individuals.  The faculty’s passion for education has played an integral part in my success as a student and professional.

Q: What do you like most about SIU Carbondale?
A: The countless opportunities to get involved with research at both the undergraduate and graduate level.  This university (and my department) have provided me with opportunities to become actively involved in the research projects that will help directly shape our understanding of the health and fitness industry.  These opportunities have been extremely valuable in supplementing my classroom education.

Q: What do you like most about Carbondale?
A: Carbondale is great town to be a student.  There are enough activities in Carbondale and the surrounding communities to keep you occupied in your spare time without having the hustle-and-bustle of a larger city to distract you from your classroom responsibilities.  I also like being able to enjoy each of the four seasons.  Having grown up in southern California, I have only experienced 70 degrees and sunny weather until I moved to Southern Illinois.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A:  In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, watching movies and television shows, and being around friends and family. I am also a huge Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

Q:  What are your career objectives and goals?
A:  Currently I am studying to become certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist.  I would like to work in Cardiac Rehab once I graduate in May, but I am also entertaining the idea of attending physician assistant school or pursuing a Ph.D.

 Q: What types of extracurricular activities are you involved in or have been involved in while here at SIU Carbondale?
A:  Most of the extracurricular activities that I have been involved with while here at SIUC have been research related.  I have worked with Strong Survivors, which is an exercise and nutrition education program for individuals in the community that currently fight or have survived cancer.  I also volunteer every year to provide fitness assessments at John A. Logan College’s Women’s and Men’s Health Conferences. UPDATE newsletter.   The experience I am gaining from this position will greatly benefit my present and future academic and professional endeavors.  I enjoy every day I come to work and to learn at SIU.

 Q: Are there any accomplishments or memories that stand out from your experiences at SIUC?
A:  I thoroughly enjoyed presenting original research with my advisor and colleague Dr. Jared Porter at the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) conference in Burlington, VT last summer. I look forward to doing the same in Hawaii this summer.