Research co-op student life at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is anything but a "typical" research co-op or internship experience. CIRP's co-op students become important participants their research activities and see projects through from beginning to end as often as possible. As part of CIRP research co-op student life, they are also encouraged to attend meetings, training, and presentations to become fully immersed in CIRP and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Lindsey Zajac, spent the summer of at CIRP working with the Post-injury Care and Recovery (PICAR) research team. Here is what she has to say CIRP research co-op student life: "My time at CIRP@CHOP was an invaluable learning experience, as it exposed me to the rewards of conducting behavioral research for a pediatric population. Unlike other internship experiences of my fellow students at Bucknell University, my CIRP@CHOP training was unique because I was introduced to clinical, innovative, and multidisciplinary research and given the opportunity to make significant contributions to multiple projects."
Todd Hullfish, a Mechanical Engineering and Biomechanics student from Drexel University, participated in CIRP's Finite Element Modeling (FEM) project. Here is what he has to say about CIRP research co-op student life: "The CIRP experience has helped me want to focus on the human component of engineering more than the product development side and that I want to continue to explore the infinite possibilities of FEM [Finite Element Modeling]."
Read students' blog posts to learn more about their CIRP@CHOP training experience:
- Learning to Cure Chronic Tunnel Vision - Megan E. Fitzgerald, Penn State University
- Leaving College with a Career Plan - Lindsay Zajac, Bucknell University
- Contributing to the Digital Health Revolution - Darshan Donthi, Drexel University
- Use of Analytics Essential to Web-based Outreach - Tyler Chance, Drexel University
- The Infinite Possibilites of Finite Element Modeling - Todd Hullfish, Drexel University
CIRP Student Spotlight
I started at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) in September 2016 as a co-op from Drexel University. I have been working with the Engineering team under Aditya Belwadi on a few Injury Biomechanics projects. Throughout my time at CIRP, I have been doing different work like FEM, video tracking, coding and a few others. My co-op ended in March 2017, but I have decided to continue working part-time as part of the team.
I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering and I will be graduating in June 2020. I am not sure what specific field of Biomedical Engineering I want to go into, so this co-op was a great opportunity for me to gain first-hand experience in my major.
I have had a great time at CIRP learning and getting to know everybody and have gained a lot of useful skills from this co-op. My experiences here will open new doors for me in the future. I am glad that CIRP was a part of my undergraduate memory.