StatStart, a summer program geared towards under-represented minority and low-income high school students from the Boston area, has just wrapped up its 5th year! On Friday, July 26th, in front of graduate students, staff, faculty and family members, 11 StatStart students presented their final group research projects. The program was again led by Professor Marcello Pagano who presented the students with certificates of achievement in completing the program. StatStart co-founder & PhD student Alex Ocampo addressed the students to share his own academic and research pathway, and to inspire and encourage the younger students in their own paths. Eleanor Scimone, a 2015 alumna from the inaugural StatStart program, returned this summer and played an integral role in the success of the program as well.S
In addition to taking an intensive computing and biostatistics course, students also attended joint seminars with the undergraduate Pipelines into Biostatistics Summer Program students, and attended the annual symposium last week where Wendy McRae-Owoeye, Harvard Chan School Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Department Chair John Quackenbush spoke about the importance of diversity and equity in the quantitative fields.