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

Danielle Cole

Major: Physician Assistant Studies

School: Drexel University

I am currently in my first year of the Physician Assistant graduate program at Drexel University. Prior to working at CIRP, I was an EMT and worked in a cancer cell biology lab studying metastatic pancreatic cancer. I began working at CIRP in March 2014; I have had the pleasure of working closely with Dr. Meghan Marsac and Kristen Kohser.

Since I came to CIRP, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work on many projects. I have been heavily involved in the distribution of the Cancer Cellie Coping Kit as well as helping put together the Sickle cell and Injury Cellie Coping Kits. I was so passionate about the Cellie Kits and the impact that they were having on families that I have been fundraising for the kits on my own time. I attended the SCDAA 42nd Annual Conference for sickle cell disease in Baltimore, MD. I have also been involved in the Parent-Child Interaction study and spend much of my time enrolling patients and their parents into the study at the hospital. Through these experiences I have been able to establish many professional relationships.

In the future I hope to become a Physician Assistant and then continue my education with a PhD. I hope to work at a pediatric hospital where I will have the opportunity to participate both in research and patient care.