The Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) kicked off yesterday. Every year this 10 week program sponsored by the National Science Foundation is offering to a group of selected undergraduate students the opportunity to prepare for a career in injury science. The program is highly selective and prior to be accepted students interested in this program have to submit detailed applications on their motivations and go through an interview process.
This rigorous internship allows each student to participate in a research project of his or her interest. Additionally each student is allocated a highly trained pediatric injury researcher as a personal mentor. This one to one mentorship program is a great opportunity for motivated students to develop their skill in injury research and have the possibility to participate in fundamental research with their mentors. Through the internship and depending on their personal interest, students will participate in hand-on experiences in areas such as science, engineering or statistics in the field of pediatric injury.
The idea of this program is to plant the seeds for the future and to gather a group of international motivated students that may become the future new actors in injury prevention research with a focus on youth.
Selected students are not only being paid $5000 for the internship but they also receive free housing and their travel expenses are being reimbursed. The program is highly competitive. 8 students were selected for this summer among 300 applications received. The students who are selected will also have the opportunity to participate in a research competition. The winner(s) will receive additional money to travel to conferences and present his or her findings.
Read more about it in this recent blog from Carol Murray, the Training Manager for the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Picture source: Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)