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 senior at 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.”
CIRP Research Co-op Student Spotlight
First Masters: Master's in Applied Economics
Second Masters: Applied Master's in Statistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"I am in my first year of a three year dual master's program at the University of Michigan. Currently, I am a statistician at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention working on the Web Intervention Studies Project (WInS). At CIRP I have been immersed in every aspect of statistical analysis, from data processing to writing papers, which has allowed me to better grasp the vast amount of detail that goes into analyzing the results of a research study. At CIRP I have co-authored two manuscripts: Headway time errors, safe driving skill, and experience: An initial validation of the Simulated Driving Assessment (accepted by the Transportation Review Board), which examines differences in tailgating between both experienced and inexperienced, as well as skilled and less skilled drivers, and Experience and skill predict failure to brake errors: Further validation of the simulateddDriving assessment" (under review by the Society for Automotive Engineers), which looks at differences in braking behavior amongst those same groups. My work as a statistician at CIRP has enabled me to develop a diverse collection of skills in programming, statistical analysis, and technical writing, which has furthered my interest in statistics and research. I am excited to continue my current work as a statistician on the WInS project and to continue to apply my graduate studies to real-world problems."