undergraduate internships

English Channel Swim Benefits Violence Prevention Research

September 5, 2013
21 miles in 11 hours 28 minutes! That’s how long it took Ika Kovacikova to swim the English Channel in Mid-August to benefit CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). As a 2012 alumna of CIRP’s Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supported by the National Science Foundation, Ika knew VIP was a cause that would inspire her to complete the crossing. Ika raised $600 (and still counting!) as her way of giving back to CIRP@CHOP and VIP.

Igniting an Interest in Injury Science

August 27, 2013
When talking to casual acquaintances, the requisite “what do you do?” comes up. When I say I’m the Training Manager for a CHOP-based Injury Science center, they first ask, “What does the Center research?” and then ask, “So, who do you train?” No one is ever surprised that we provide training to master’s, PhD, and post-doc level trainees--It’s what’s expected of a teaching hospital. But most are surprised when they learn that the majority of CIRP@CHOP's training efforts focus on undergraduates.

What to Look for in a Mentor and Mentee

July 9, 2013
I didn’t recognize the importance of mentors until I was a graduate student at the University of Toledo and stumbled upon Jeanne Brockmyer, PhD, distinguished emeritus professor of Psychology. This amazing mentor helped to identify my goals (some of which I didn’t even know myself) and worked with me to develop concrete strategies to achieve those goals. My experience with this knowledgeable and caring individual led me to seek out mentors at every step of my career and to become an effective mentor myself.

Students Making An Impact

June 11, 2013
Great things are happening here at CIRP. With strong mentorship, lots of talent, and hard work, our student trainees are making significant contributions. We currently have 30 undergraduate, graduate, and post-doc students working at our Center, with nine participating as part of our National Science Foundation Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Swimming the English Channel for CIRP

February 27, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim the English Channel? Imagine swimming 21 miles in 57-degree water with no wet suit, while negotiating tides in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Well, Ika Kovacikova, one of our 2012 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) participants, is taking on the challenge and dedicating proceeds from her English Channel swim to CHOP's Violence Intervention Program.
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