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.

Colin Huber


John J. Burns III, BS

John is a Bioengineering MSE student at the University of Pennsylvania. He works with Dr. Valentina Graci at CIRP evaluating child occupant kinematics during lateral-oblique far-side low acceleration impacts. John is also investigating how different types of booster seats and more severe seatback recline angles affect the kinematics. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2021 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and is enjoying his experience with CIRP learning valuable skills that he is excited to utilize throughout his career.

John J. Burns III


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.

Madeline Griffith, MS CIRP


Former Peer Mentors