National traffic safety program invites UAB graduate student to participate in research internship

A UAB graduate student will work with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to gain hands-on research experience applicable to his work in the UAB TRIP Lab.

Austin Svancara 2018Austin Svancara, a graduate student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for a prestigious internship with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Washington, D.C. Svancara, a member of the UAB Department of Psychology’s Lifespan Developmental Program, will gain hands-on experience in preparing technical write-ups, assisting in statistical analyses, and collaborating on projects with leading experts in transportation. 

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a not-for-profit, publicly supported, charitable research and education organization dedicated to saving lives by preventing traffic crashes and reducing injuries when crashes occur. The research institute places its focus on four main areas: driver behavior and performance, emerging technologies, roadway systems and drivers, and vulnerable road users, which are crucial to the improvement of transportation safety. Each of these areas is relevant to the work currently done in the UAB Translational Research for Injury Prevention Lab, particularly the work on driver behavior and vulnerable road users.