Peer Mentor Program
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention's (CIRP) Peer Mentor Program was established in 2018 by former CIRP graduate student and Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student Ethan Douglas, MSE. This program connects current or recent graduate-level students with REU students to help them learn more about the process of applying to graduate school, choosing a career track, and completing research.
The program includes:
- Assistance with technical work
- Guidance with asking their mentors difficult questions
- Advice on preparing their graduate school applications
Meet CIRP's Current Peer Mentors
Colin Huber, MS
Colin is a bioengineer with the Minds Matter Concussion Program. Colin's research focuses on the head impact kinematics associated with brain injury. Colin is a a fourth-year PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, and his dissertation is titled “Sex Differences in Head Impact Biomechanics and Quantitative Functional Deficits Due to Repetitive Loading in High School Sports.” Specifically, he is investigating sex differences in on-field head impact loading and severity across four popular sports (soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey) and the immediate neurophysiological effects of repeated soccer headers. As a former multisport athlete, Colin is passionate about reducing head impact exposure and risk of head injury, especially for understudied female and adolescent athletes.
Divya Jain, MS
Divya is a Bioengineering PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. At CIRP, Divya works with both Dr. Kristy Arbogast and Dr. Catherine McDonald on objective methods for determining readiness to return to driving post-concussion in teens. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a BS in Bioengineering in 2016, and her favorite college memory was working at the shuttle toilet exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum.
Gregory Chingas, MSBE
Gregory Chingas is a recent Drexel University graduate. with a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is a Student Lab Assistant and works part-time with CIRP's Engineering and Epidemiology teams. This is Gregory's third summer serving as a peer mentor, and he is leading CIRP's Journal Club this summer. He is currently searching for a full-time position that will draw upon all of his skills, both technical and creative. Ultimately, Gregory enjoys academia and wishes to stay in biomechanics research. He hopes for a fulfilling career in STEM.
Madeline Griffith, MS
Madeline joined CIRP in 2020 as a Research Project Engineer after working as a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Center since the fall of 2018. During her time as a student at CIRP, Madeline studied and completed a master’s thesis on driver kinematics during takeover in an autonomous driving scenario. Madeline’s research interests include pediatric biomechanics and child passenger safety, in order to understand injury prevention in the automotive safety field. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2018, and her MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020.
Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware with a BS in Neuroscience and Public Health. Sarah was an Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student in the summer of 2020. Since her experience was virtual, she wanted to expand her involvement at CIRP and was able to work through her 2020 fall semester with Dr. Allison Curry’s team. She then transitioned to a full-time Clinical Research Assistant with the Neuroscience of Driving team, where she assists with general administrative support, as well as study-specific needs.