After transferring to Eastern as a junior, Zachary Pope knew his next step for his career was to continue his graduate studies in kinesiology and sports studies here.
Now, Pope is working on research at Oklahoma State University to examine how the neuromuscular system controls movement and preventative measures that be taken to stop muscular degeneration as we age, something that can be vastly helpful for the fields of physiology, medicine, human performance and biomedical engineering.
Pope said he wouldn't be where he is now without his experiences at EIU. He said when he completed his undergraduate and graduate career in exercise science, Eastern's KSS program was hard to beat. During his time here, he received a graduate assistantship through the KSS department that without, he would not have been able to afford furthering his career. Pope also said the ratio of students to teachers and the "above and beyond" attitude of professors helped him achieve the success he has today.
"I can say with 100 percent certainty that I would not be where I am today without the support I received (and continue to receive) from my mentor Dr. Jeff Willardson and the entire kinesiology and sports studies department at EIU," he said.