Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Harvard Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences

Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, June 15 – July 26, 2014.

If you like mathematics and would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health, then the Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences is for you.  The Summer Program will introduce you to the power and excitement of math applications to public health, medicine, and biology, and possibly convince you that this is the career direction you've been looking for!

Undergraduate Summer Program (post-baccalaureates are also eligible to apply to this program)
The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive a whirlwind introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research.  The program also provides advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health, and individualized mentoring by Harvard faculty.

Participants take non-credit introductory courses in biostatistics and STATA (a statistical program), and attend a series of afternoon topical seminars. The seminars, led by faculty members from various departments at the Harvard School of Public Health, are designed to broaden participant's understanding of the relationship of biostatistics to human health by providing a snapshot of methods developed and applied to real research projects in different fields.

Participants also gain research experience through small-group research projects directed by faculty and graduate student mentors.  At the end of the program, students present their research to the group and to affiliated faculty.

Housing and travel are provided and a living stipend of approximately $1500/month is provided for the 6-week program. 

NEW:  Post Baccalaureate Summer Program
In addition to all of the above, this new 3-month Internship program for post-bacs is open to students who have received bachelor’s degrees and who are planning to attend a graduate degree program in Biostatistics.  Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply. 

Two interns will be selected and will participate in collaborative research projects through three, one-month long rotations at academic and clinical centers at Harvard.  They will attend regular seminars at Harvard and Dana Farber Cancer Institute on Biostatistical topics.  They will also attend our Annual Symposium in July 2014 and return the next summer to present their research at our 2015 Annual Symposium.

Travel is provided and Interns will receive a salary for the Post Baccaulaureate program.

Alumni of the Summer Program have earned or are enrolled in graduate degrees in many campuses over the country, including Masters or PhDs in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. 

The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.  The website for eligibility, requirements, and application are here:  Potential applicants should have some aptitude and interest in quantitative methods and an interest in public health as a career.  Prior exposure to statistics is not required.   Please email any questions to:

Diversity Program Coordinator
Dept. of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
655 Huntington Avenue, Bldg. 2 - 4th floor Boston, MA  02115-6017
Tel: (617) 432-3175     Fax: (617) 432-5619

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