Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) partners with the University of Pennsylvania to host the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, a 10-week paid summer research internship opportunity for undergraduate students. CIRP is a leading multidisciplinary center engaged in collaborative cross-discipline research implementing real world applications.

The REU program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides underrepresented students with mentorship and hands-on research experience in the fields of engineering, behavioral science, education, population science and statistics. Students will apply this scientific foundation to assist in developing evidence-based prevention products, programs, policies, and interventions. With mentoring from a well-established team of highly trained pediatric researchers, REU students will:

  • conduct research to build the scientific foundation for injury interventions
  • translate interventions into practical solutions
  • evaluate the success of these solutions

Read a description of the REU Injury Science Program's objectives and goals.

Student Eligibility for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • One year completed college by June 5, 2017
  • Anticipated graduation: After August 11, 2017
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in their field of study (except Pre-Med)

Financial Support Provided by the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • Stipend: Each student will be paid a stipend of $5,000 for the 10 week program.
  • Travel: Each student will be able to request up to $500 in reimbursement for travel to and from Philadelphia for the program or to a conference to present his or her research.
  • Housing: Some housing scholarships may be available. These scholarships are contingent upon funding. Housing (as arranged by CIRP) is in dorms on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Housing provided is within walking distance of CIRP.
  • Research Competition: An additional award will be set aside for a research competition. The winning student(s) will be provided money toward conference travel to present research findings.

Important Deadlines for the Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program:

  • Accepting Applications: January 1 - January 31, 2016 (Applications submitted before or after these dates will not be reviewed.)
  • Application Review and Interview Process (by phone only):  February – March 2017
  • Applicants Notified of Selection for the Program:  April 2017. Notification may occur earlier for some projects.
  • Program Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017

Learn how to apply to the REU program. Please note: The 2016 REU Injury Science Program ended on August 12, 2016. Check back in the fall for information about the 2017 program, including the application materials. We will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2017.

Read two blog posts from two of our amazing REU alumni -- Ellyn Butler and Amanda Parks.