Jamie Stuhr builds future on research and club opportunities
As a freshman in high school, Jamie Stuhr’s athletic career had been derailed.
After tearing her ACL twice, Jamie took time off from competing to undergo knee surgery and heal her injuries. While this process was not easy, Jamie credits her physical therapist with helping her through a challenging time.
“The reason I wanted to be a physical therapist was because my physical therapist had such a positive outlook and had such an impact on my life,” Jamie said. “She was just focused on getting me healed and getting me back to sports. I hope I can be that for someone else.”
That hope led her to study kinesiology and health at Iowa State University. Jamie grew up a Cyclone fan and realized it was the perfect place for her to pursue her career goals.
“I feel like I decided Iowa State before I decided a career,” she said. “It’s always been a part of me. Once I learned more about kinesiology I was so excited to come here.”
Now Jamie is taking steps towards her future by taking courses aimed at grad school preparation. KIN 242 is a course that is specifically for kinesiology students that are pre-health majors.
“We work a lot on resume building and personal statement building,” Jamie said. “We spent a lot of time talking about what opportunities we are taking advantage of. It’s helpful to hear what other kids are doing.”
Jamie has also had the opportunity to do undergraduate research in a neurophysiology lab. She is currently researching fine motor control in people with Parkinson’s disease.
“It’s so awesome to be doing your own research that could someday eventually get published,” Jamie said. “You get close with everyone you are working with.”
Jamie attributes much of her success to her involvement on campus and encourages other students to seek out as many opportunities as possible.
“I think everyone should be involved,” Jamie said. “They [advisers] want you to be involved and don’t hide clubs from you. It’s just a matter of paying attention to the opportunities around you.”