“During the summer of 2018, I had the great opportunity to work at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) as part of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. I worked under the mentorship of Dr. Declan Patton on the concussion research team. My project involved the video analysis of head impacts in high school soccer, specifically coding and analyzing data.
Although this project was very tedious and time-consuming, it showed me the importance of using video analysis with sensor data to provide more accurate outcomes. Being a part of the concussion research team, I also had the chance to attend many different meetings that allowed me to learn about other research currently being conducted on concussion.
Through the REU program, I had the opportunity to experience many insightful seminars on topics like work life balance, resume writing, “One Kind Word,” and journal club. These seminars helped me gain confidence in many areas, including public speaking, stepping out of my comfort zone, and navigating possibilities for the future. I also learned the importance of networking through this internship.
I am a rising senior at Lincoln University, majoring in Human Services with a minor in Psychology. I am very passionate about athletics and was lucky to serve on a project that involved injury prevention research around athletics during my time at CIRP. This internship was my first time gaining research experience, and I was able to gain a lot of great insight working with my research team. Being that my undergraduate years are coming to a close, this internship has opened my eyes to potential graduate programs. I am grateful for this experience, the knowledge I have gained, and the people that I have met along the way.”