Graduate Research Assistant (2018)
"As a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Allison Curry's team, I was honored to attend the 2018 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities as a Traffic Safety Scholar. The conference consisted of an extremely diverse crowd of public health professionals, law enforcement officers, transportation engineers, citizen advocates, and many others. As a master of public health student, this environment was crucial for learning how to network and communicate with cross-disciplinary professionals who gathered with one goal in mind: to substantially improve traffic safety nationally.
While at the conference I had the opportunity to present my team’s ongoing research project: a legal mapping study regarding the accessibility of state-level driving and crash records for research purposes. I also attended numerous presentations and workshops geared towards reducing transportation fatalities via public health interventions and law enforcement strategies. I am grateful for the connections I made and the knowledge I have gained, and I look forward to collaborating with my new contacts and incorporating the passion I observed among attendees as I continue a career in public health research and advocacy. Thank you to my team at CIRP and UPenn for supporting me at this conference, especially Dr. Allison Curry, for thinking of me when this exciting opportunity came along, and Meghan Kirk, for showering me with the advice and guidance I needed to get through my first professional conference."