Student Life at CIRP

Research co-op student life at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) is anything but a "typical" research co-op or internship experience. The CIRP research co-op students become important participants in their research activities and see projects through from beginning to end as often as possible. As part of CIRP research co-op student life, they are also encouraged to attend meetings, training, and presentations to become fully immersed in CIRP and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Mari Allison, who is working toward her PhD in Bioengineering at The University of Pennsylvania, collaborates with CIRP Director of Engineering Kristy Arbogast on a variety of projects. Here is what she has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: “My research here focuses on pediatric concussion biomechanics, but I’ve also gotten to work on a hyperthermia prevention project as well as a project that looks at how neck and spine movement differs in kids compared to adults. Working at CIRP has been a particularly rewarding experience because it is easy to see the direct applicability of each project, acting as a constant reminder of why this research is so important.”

Bukola Famakinwa, a graduate of The University of Maryland College Park, participated in CIRP's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program from June 2012 to August 2012. Here is what she has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: “I worked on the Teen Driving Plan Project with Dr. Jessica Mirman for 10 weeks. As one of the eight REU interns, I was able to have my first hands-on clinical research experience where I learned a great deal about translational research. Interning at CIRP has changed my overall perspective about research, and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Read students' blog posts to learn more about their CIRP@CHOP training experience:

CIRP Student Spotlight

Emily Lewis

Major: Psychology

School: The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

(Past) Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I just finished my second year at Drexel University and am transferring to the University of Rhode Island for this coming fall to continue my studies in my home state. From September of 2013 to April of 2014, I spent time working with Dr. Fein and his team on the Violence Intervention Program (CHOP VIP).

I worked closely with Laura Vega and Jenna Toll, the two CHOP VIP case managers, on a variety of tasks, including inputting data into online systems, organizing resources, contacting families, assisting with SELF groups, and providing transportation for our clients. While on the VIP team, I was able to help in establishing a relationship between CHOP VIP and The Artwell, a local non-profit focusing on providing creative arts therapy programs for youth exposed to violence.

Currently I have a summer internship working with the United States Navy in my hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. In the future, I aspire to earn my master's degree in Public Health. Ultimately, I would like to continue working in the public sector serving youth in some way.