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 a blog post from Lindsay Zajac, a senior at Bucknell University, about her CIRP@CHOP training experiences.


CIRP Student Spotlight

Sayaka Ogawa

Major: Biological Sciences, Pre-Law

Concentration: Genetics

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

I am in my second of five years in the Co-Op Program at Drexel University studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Genetics. This was my first co-op and am now a part-time Research Assistant to Dr. Allison Curry and Konny Kim.

Working with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s Epidemiology/Biostatistics core, I created graphs and figures for scientific publications, conducted literature reviews for ongoing studies and future studies, collected preliminary data through online sources to guide current research, reviewed records in a deterministic and probabilistic linkage process, and restructured and maintained the quality of the Teen Driver Safety Thrust’s electronic research library.

Throughout my time here at CIRP, I have worked with Dr. Curry and Ms. Kim in numerous projects that deal with teenage driver safety, specifically in New Jersey. I have also worked with Dr. Meghan Marsac, Kristen Kohser, and their staff on patient-oriented research and exploratory developmental grants by following up with patients enrolled in their studies.

In the future after completing my undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree, I hope to continue my studies at law school, specifically focusing on law for the biological sciences. I hope to either pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law or Medical Law, specifically concentrating in the genetic side of both paths.