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CU Senior Participates in CHOP Research Program This Summer

July 26, 2012

Eight new Research Experiences for Undergraduates students join the team at CIRP. Pictured left   Julianne Lewis, a current Cheyney University student, is pictured third from left.

Eight new Research Experiences for Undergraduates students join the team at CIRP. Pictured left Julianne Lewis, a current Cheyney University student, is pictured third from left.

Julianne Lewis, a rising senior at Cheyney University, recently participated in a program hosted by The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is in its second year. The unique 10-week experience provides the selected student scholars with mentorship and hands-on research experience in the fields of Engineering, Behavioral Science, Population Science, and Statistics as applied to Pediatric Injury science.

Ms. Lewis was among  eight students from colleges across the country who were selected from over 320 applications. Students from the following universities participated: Cheyney University; Cornell University; the University of Delaware; the University of Pennsylvania; the University of South Florida; Tufts University; and Wellesley College. They worked with CIRP mentors  on a diverse range of project topics, including the development and evaluation of violence prevention programs for urban adolescents, epidemiologic evaluation of a teen driver Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law, and long-term functional outcomes and disability following pediatric injury.

“The NSF has provided us the opportunity to expose promising undergraduate students to pediatric injury science research. We’re hopeful that the training they receive at CIRP serves as a springboard for their future careers in the field,”says Flaura Winston, MD, PhD, CIRP founder and co-scientific director and director of the Injury Science REU site.

Ms. Lewis is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics and anticipates graduation in May 2014. She is a member of the Keystone Honor Society and has a 4.0 GPA. Before arriving to Cheyney University, she attended Community College of Philadelphia where she earned an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts Social/Behavioral Science. 

Since starting college, she has garnered many accalades. She explains, "While studying at Community College of Philadelphia, I was awarded nine academic scholarships, including appointment to the All USA PA Academic Team. The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I was the only student nominated from the Community College of Philadelphia, and was awarded a tuition waiver to any of the PASSHE schools, so I chose to attend Cheyney University. My participation in the REU program has really enriched my experiences this year."

Ms. Lewis is also raising her daughter, 20 month-old Ramona Morton, while balancing studies and her new responsibilities. Upon graduating from Cheyney University, Ms. Lewis intends to enroll in a Statistics PhD program. Her long-term career goal is to become a full professor at a research university.