Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has been suspended. This difficult decision reflects the restrictions and mandates from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the government. This summer, the REU program will still provide virtual educational programming to the accepted students through workshops, seminars, and journal clubs. The accepted REU students have been notified of these changes. For more information, please contact Training Manager Carol Murray at

2019 Injury Science REU Class
The 2019 Injury Science REU class on Student Research Day with CIRP team members Thomas Seacrist, MBE (far right) and Carol Murray, MSS, MLSP (far left).  

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute hosts 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, Injury Science 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.

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for the Injury Science REU Program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • One year completed college by June 1, 2021
  • Anticipated graduation: After August 13, 2021
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in their field of study (except Pre-Med)

Priority will be given to: 

  • women
  • persons with disabilities
  • racially, and ethically marginalized communities (American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Blacks/African Americans, and Latinos)
  • students from colleges and universities where STEM research opportunities are limited, including two-year colleges

Financial Support Provided by the Injury Science REU program:

  • Stipend: Each student will be paid a stipend of $5,000 for the 10-week program.
  • Travel: All students 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 their research.
  • Housing: Each student will receive free housing.
  • 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 REU program:

  • Accepting Applications: December 16, 2020, at 12:00 AM EST - January 16, 2021, at 11:59 EST (Applications submitted after these dates will not be reviewed.)
  • Application Review and Interview Process (by phone only):  February 2021
  • Applicants Notified of Selection for the Program:  March 2021
  • Program Dates: June 7, 2021 – August 13, 2021

Read what former REU students have to say about their summer at CIRP.