undergraduate internships

Discovering the Human Factor in Biomechanics

August 3, 2016
Today we are pleased to welcome a guest blog post from Todd Hullfish, who recently graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. Todd worked with CIRP’s Biomechanical Engineering Research team as a co-op student for three years and recently joined the Human Motion Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine as a Research Specialist.

English Channel Swim Benefits Violence Prevention Research

September 5, 2013
21 miles in 11 hours 28 minutes! That’s how long it took Ika Kovacikova to swim the English Channel in Mid-August to benefit CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). As a 2012 alumna of CIRP’s Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supported by the National Science Foundation, Ika knew VIP was a cause that would inspire her to complete the crossing. Ika raised $600 (and still counting!) as her way of giving back to CIRP@CHOP and VIP.

Igniting an Interest in Injury Science

August 27, 2013
When talking to casual acquaintances, the requisite “what do you do?” comes up. When I say I’m the Training Manager for a CHOP-based Injury Science center, they first ask, “What does the Center research?” and then ask, “So, who do you train?” No one is ever surprised that we provide training to master’s, PhD, and post-doc level trainees--It’s what’s expected of a teaching hospital. But most are surprised when they learn that the majority of CIRP@CHOP's training efforts focus on undergraduates.

What to Look for in a Mentor and Mentee

July 9, 2013
I didn’t recognize the importance of mentors until I was a graduate student at the University of Toledo and stumbled upon Jeanne Brockmyer, PhD, distinguished emeritus professor of Psychology. This amazing mentor helped to identify my goals (some of which I didn’t even know myself) and worked with me to develop concrete strategies to achieve those goals. My experience with this knowledgeable and caring individual led me to seek out mentors at every step of my career and to become an effective mentor myself.

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