Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Student Life at CIRP

cirp@chop student researchers

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  in 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 Research Institute. 

Lindsey Zajac, spent a summer at CIRP working with the Traumatic Stress research team. Here is what she has to say about 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 these blog posts from some of our research co-op students to learn about their experiences at CIRP:

CIRP Student Spotlight

Annie Wightman

Annie Wightman CIRP

"I started at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention in the Fall of 2015. Over the past two years, I have worked extensively with Dr. Catherine McDonald on the Web-based Intervention to Prevent Risky Driving studies. 

My time at CIRP has allowed me to be involved with all aspects of research, from recruitment and enrollment to data analysis and presentation. I enjoyed the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary research team and to work alongside both professional researchers and fellow students. Additionally, due to the mentorship I have received at CIRP, I have developed professional leadership skills and honed my future career interests and goals in the area of adolescent health. 

As I am now a senior finishing up my undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and am continuing on to my graduate degree to become a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the important work done in teen driving and for all the wonderful learning experiences I have had at CIRP."