2021 INSIGHT Undergraduate Research Symposium Highlights

2021 INSIGHT Undergraduate Research Symposium Highlights

This year's applicant pool had over 730 applicants, with 24 accepted interns from across the U.S.

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: August 13th, 2021

Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center’s 2021 Virtual INSIGHT Symposium highlights intern research projects focused on building skills and experience studying injury, with this year’s topics focusing on health equity, opioid use, suicide prevention, medical education, burn patient experiences, traumatic brain injury, and much more. The primary goal of the INSIGHT Research Program is to develop the next generation of injury researchers. This year’s applicant pool had over 730 applicants, with 24 accepted interns from across the U.S.

Some of the program components for the undergraduate INSIGHT program included:


“Find disciplines and values that you can connect with and grapple with as you continue to grow as a person,” says keynote speaker Dr. Byron Joyner, MD, MPA. Dr. Joyner shared tidbits of wisdom from how he was raised, to his his uncle’s nickname for him being doc which ultimately led him to his passion in medicine and education. His current position at the University of Washington is as the Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official.

Following the keynote, INSIGHT held a competitive poster symposium virtually where they explained their research over the summer, what their next steps could be in the project, and took questions from researchers and the audience members.

2021 INSIGHT Scholars:

UW Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: Joshua Ward

Pinder Endowment: Alejandra Diaz-Rohena & Alessandro Malave

Marie Theards, OHSU: Princess Ejindu

Seattle Children’s Hospital: Pallavi Shoroff

University of Washington, Emergency Medicine: Anwen Tobalske

University of Washington, School of Nursing (Hillaire Thompson, RN, PhD): Laura Kim


Congratulation’s to our 2021 INSIGHT Alumni Award Recipients:

  • Outstanding Research: Mariah Erlick (University of Rochester Medical) INSIGHT class of 2019
    • Accomplishment: First author publication and NIH funded project
  • Public Service: Vijay Srinivasan (University of Washington) INSIGHT class of 2020
    • Accomplishment: AmeriCorps with Austin Public Health
  • Academic Achievement: Revell Cozzi (University of Notre Dame) INSIGHT class of 2019
    • Accomplishment: Teacher at under-resourced Catholic school in San Antonio through Notre Dame’s ACE [Alliance for Catholic Education]. Pursuing Master’s
  • Leadership: Amy Rooker (Columbia University) INSIGHT  class of 2018
    • Accomplishment: Michigan Injury Prevention Center from June 2019 – February 2021,  Created Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit, and  NIH-funded grant, Michigan CEAL.
  • Innovation: Edgar Cetino (University of Washington) INSIGHT class of 2019
    • Accomplishment: Front-end developer with Seity Health

This year’s INSIGHT staff included: 

  • Brianna Mills, MA, PhD (Research Scientist, HIPRC)
  • Emma Gause, MS, MA (Research Scientist, HIPRC)
  • Amy Muma, MS, OTR/L (Education Specialist, HIPRC)
  • Cindy Au, BA (INSIGHT Coordinator)
  • Qian Qui, MBA (Research Consultant, HIPRC)
  • Karen Segar, MA (Data Manager, HIPRC)
  • Jin Wang, PhD  (Research Consultant, HIPRC)

Photo Recap:


Dr. Monica S. Vavilala & the 2021 INSIGHT Undergraduate Cohort
2021 INSIGHT Research Symposium Keynote Speaker, Dr. Byron Joyner, MD, MPA


2021 INSIGHT Research Symposium Keynote speaker, Dr. Byron Joyner, MD, MPA
INSIGHT intern, Wanna Wardak presents on her research project.


2021 INSIGHT Intern, Alessandro Malave, presents on his summer research findings