Welcome to Our Summer Postbacs!

Students arrive next week for the Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, but this week we would like to welcome Marcia Higgins and Jimmy Nguyen, who are participating in the 3-month Post-Baccalaureate Internship Program.

As interns, Marcia and Jimmy will:

  • Conduct biostatistical or epidemiologic research alongside a Harvard faculty mentor and graduate student mentor
  • Participate in collaborative research projects through 1-2 rotations at academic and clinical centers at Harvard
  • Attend regular seminars at Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on biostatistical topics
  • Participate in our annual Pipelines Into Biostatistics Symposium


Marcia Higgins earned her Bachelor of Science in mathematics at Johnson C. Smith University in 2012. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major GPA of a 4.0. She has previous research experience in applied mathematics which includes operation research, computer science, optimization, and statistics. Her research project in disaster relief management earned her recognition in the National Association of Mathematicians Math Fest in 2010. In 2013 she joined Teach For America in order to help close the achievement gap in mathematics. She served as a high school math teacher teaching honors pre-calculus and advanced functions and modeling. She plans to obtain her Ph.D. in biostatistics following her teaching career.


Jimmy Nguyen earned his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and English at Wesleyan University in 2015. After graduating, he participated in the University of Michigan¹s Future Public Health Leaders Program, where he met and worked with inspiring public health leaders, amongst them biostatisticians. His summer experience in public health practice motivated him to apply to graduate school in biostatistics. He is interested in researching imaging statistics, statistical genetics, and epidemiological methods. He will pursue his Master¹s in biostatistics at the University of Michigan as a Rackham Merit Fellow.

We look forward to seeing the great work they do this summer!