StatStart, a summer program geared towards under-represented minority and low-income high school students from the Boston area, has just wrapped up its 4th year! On Friday, July 27th, in front of graduate students, staff, faculty and family members, 10 StatStart students presented their final group research projects. This year, the program was led by Professor Marcello Pagano and a tremendous group of PhD students: Alex Ocampo, Sam Tracy, Leah Comment, Harrison Reeder, Jonathan Larson, Michele Zemplenyi, Rolando Acosta and Irina Degtiar. Eleanor Scimone, a 2015 alumna from the inaugural StatStart program, returned this summer and played an integral role in the success of the program.
In addition to taking an intensive computing and biostatistics course, students also attended joint seminars with the undergraduate Pipelines into Biostatistics Summer Program students. They had the opportunity to hear from Marcello Pagano, Tamarra James-Todd, Assistant Professor of Environmental Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, and Betty Johnson, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Staff Diversity, Development and Leadership. The culminating certificate ceremony included remarks by Felisa Nobles, Director of Recruitment Programs & Special Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.