This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in an internship with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention. Through the program, I was able to be a part of the Cellular Car Seat (CCS) Study Team under Morgan O'Donald, Lauren O'Malley, Haley Bishop, and Emma Sartin.
My work with this team consisted of recruitment, enrollment, and study visits. Through recruitment I kept in contact with potential participants interested in the study. Through enrollment I scheduled their screening and consent calls to inform them of the details of the study. I gained experience working with REDCap and housing information for each participant. Through study visits, I was trained on how to correctly install car seats and how to run survey and data positions for the study visit. This gave me first-hand experience with running a human subject study.
This experience validated my interest in doing epidemiology research as a career. It also gave me the opportunity to network with doctors in the field to discover the kind of work I want to pursue post-undergraduate. It also challenged me to think of the different career paths I can take to become an epidemiologist, along with providing me with knowledge about various research tools.
As a rising senior at Vassar College, this experience has made me a stronger candidate for pursuing a graduate degree in Epidemiology or even continuing on with epidemiology research. I look forward to keeping in contact with all the professionals I've met this summer and also using their sound advice as I come into a career of my own.