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): Valentina Graci, PhD; Madeline Griffith, MS
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2021) "During my summer at CIRP, I was exposed to brand new experiences. Thanks to the mentorship of Valentina Graci, PhD and Madeline Griffith, MS, I worked on a project that investigated two countermeasures to ensure a person is in the proper position during a motor vehicle crash -- one being an acoustic startling pre-stimulus (ASPS)…
CHOP Mentor(s): Rachel Myers, PhD, MS
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2021) "Through my REU internship this summer I was able to develop a broad range of skills and perspectives. Through work on the Violence Intervention Program (VIP)'s main research project, which is a formative evaluation of the program, I learned about and practiced multiple steps in the qualitative coding process, from codebook devel…
CHOP Mentor(s): Declan Patton, PhD; Emma Sartin, PhD
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2021) "This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in an internship with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention(CIRP). Through the program, I was able to be a part of research on two teams: the Head Impact Sensor team under Declan Patton, Colin Huber, Kristy Arbogast and Divya Jain, and the AHT Intervention team under Laur…
CHOP Mentor(s): Valentina Graci, PhD; Laura Prosser, PT, PhD
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student (Summer 2021) "I developed a variety of technical and professional skills during my time in the CIRP REU program. Working on studies on selective motor control in young children with cerebral palsy under the guidance of Drs. Laura Prosser and Valentina Graci allowed me to contribute to various stages of the research process and deepen my understandi…
CHOP Mentor(s): Stephen S. Leff, PhD; Sandhyaa Iyengar, MD, MPH; Tracy Waasdorp, PhD, MEd 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Student (Summer 2021) "This past summer I had the pleasure of being able to participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). Though this was a remote program, I still found the experience to be cultivating. Through the program, I had the opportunity of working under the…
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…
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