Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)


CIRP's Injury Science REU students pose with a crash test dummy, an important part of the Center's Pediatric Biomechanics Research.

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to host the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, a 10-week paid summer research internships for undergraduate students. CIRP is a leading multidisciplinary center engaged in collaborative cross-discipline research implementing real world applications.

The REU program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provides underrepresented students with mentorship and hands-on research experience in the fields of engineering, behavioral science, education, population science and statistics as applied to pediatric injury science (i.e., prevention of injury, post-injury/traumatic stress, and secondary prevention). Each REU student worked closely with a CIRP mentor or mentors on an assigned project or projects and also attended formal workshops, meetings, field trips, seminars, and social events.

Click here for a description of the REU Injury Science Program's objectives and goals.

Student Eligibility for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • 1 math and 1 science course completed by June 1, 2015
  • 1 year college completed by June 1, 2015
  • Anticipated graduation: After August 7, 2015
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Financial Support Provided by the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • Stipend: Each student will be paid a stipend of $5,000 for the 10 week program (Contingent upon funding).
  • Travel: Each student will be able to request up to $500 in reimbursement for travel to and from Philadelphia for the program or to a conference to present his or her research. (Contingent upon funding).
  • Housing: Some housing scholarships may be available. These scholarships are contingent upon funding. Housing (as arranged by CIRP) is in dorms on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Housing provided is within walking distance of CIRP (Contingent upon funding).
  • Research Competition: An additional award will be set aside for a research competition. The winning student(s) will be provided money toward conference travel to present research findings (Contingent upon funding).

Important Deadlines for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • Accepting Applications: January 1 - January 31, 2015 (Applications submitted before or after these dates will not be reviewed.)
  • Application Review and Interview Process (by phone only):  February – March 2015
  • Applicants Notified of Selection for the Program:  April 2015. Notification may occur earlier for some projects.
  • Program Dates: June 1 – August 7, 2015

Click here for details on how to apply for the REU program.

Click here to read a blog post about one of our amazing REU alumni.