CIRP REU ALUMNI STORIES

Students that spend the summer at CIRP as part of the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program remain connected to the Center and its staff. These students have gone on to pursue a variety of educational and professional opportunities, all with the backing of their CIRP mentors. Read about their experiences in these CIRP REU alumni stories:
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CHOP Mentor(s): Thomas Seacrist, MBE; Jalaj Maheshwari, MS
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2020) "Currently, I am wrapping up my second year in pursuit of a Bioengineering undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. This past summer I had the honor of participating in a virtual REU experience at CHOP’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). Although original plans for the REU experience had changed due to t…
CHOP Mentor(s): Megan S. Ryerson, PhD
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2020) "My 2020 REU experience was truly unforgettable. While we were going through a worldwide pandemic, I still got the chance to interact with others. Though I was devastated we wouldn’t be able to meet in person, I was honored to have a chance to meet my CRIP REU class. Meeting on BlueJeans, a video conferencing platform,  every we…
CHOP Mentor(s): Allison E. Curry, PhD
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2020) "Although the 2020 REU program was remote, I was able to attend webinars that outlined the important work being done at the Center, as well as available resources and networking opportunities. Through the Injury Science REU Program, I became intrigued with the impact of the research, and I knew I wanted to stay connected with CI…
CHOP Mentor(s): Valentina Graci, PhD; Aditya Belwadi, PhD, CPST
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) "Under the mentorship of Valentina Graci, PhD, I investigated factors that could aid in injury prevention during falls. As a part of this project, the majority of my time was spent learning how to write code in MATLAB and using this skill to plot and analyze electromyography (EMG) data collected from a near-fall scenario study co…
CHOP Mentor(s): Akiva S. Cohen, PhD; Rebecca Somach, PhD Candidate
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) "During the summer of 2019, I had the pleasure of working at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) as a part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program under the mentorship of Dr. Akiva S. Cohen and Rebecca Somach. While working in Dr. Cohen’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) lab, I was exposed to a p…
CHOP Mentor(s): Stephen Leff, PhD;  Tracy Waasdorp, PhD, MEd
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) "This past summer yielded so many wonderful opportunities for me as I was able to participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP).Through the program, I had the pleasure of working under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Leff and Dr. Tracy Waasdorp to…
CHOP Mentor(s): Tracy Waasdorp, PhD, MEd
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) “During the summer of 2019 I had the opportunity to research bullying with a specific focus on bystander behavior in urban communities as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at CIRP. Under the mentorship of Dr. Tracy Waasdorp, I was able to conduct thorough literature reviews, create my own research…
CHOP Mentor(s): Elizabeth Walshe, PhD
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) “During my summer at CIRP, I had the opportunity to contribute to and conduct research under the mentorship of Elizabeth Walshe, PhD. In collaboration with the Neuroscience of Driving Program, which includes Dr. Walshe, Flaura Winston, MD, PhD and Chelsea Ward McIntosh, MS, and Dan Romer, PhD, I assisted with a project that inves…
CHOP Mentor(s): Thomas Seacrist, MBE
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) "During the summer of 2019, I had the privilege of participating in the Center for Injury Research and Prevention’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Under the mentorship of Thomas Seacrist, I assisted on multiple projects, including the SHRP2 In-Depth Analysis of Crash Causation Factors project. This project…
CHOP Mentor(s): Laura Prosser, PT, PhD; Ozell Sanders, PhD 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2019) "During my summer with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, I had the opportunity to work on a project that focused on developing a new method for quantifying a major impairment -- selective motor control -- in cerebral palsy (CP). Under the mentorship of Dr.…
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