The 2023 Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology concluded last week, after the annual “Pipelines into Public Health Symposium” was held on Thursday, July 13th. Research project presentations were given by eight students who participated in the six-week program designed to increase diversity in the field of Biostatistics by promoting underrepresented communities. This year, the Symposium highlighted both the Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology and the Fostering Advancement & Careers through Enrichment Training in Science (FACETS) program hosted through ODI. The Department Chair John Quackenbush kicked off the symposium with inspiring welcome addresses that emphasized the importance of diversity and equity in the quantitative fields. The keynote speaker was alumna Monica L. Wang, ScD, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Wang spoke about her path and journey in public health.
Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Officer, Amarildo “Lilu” Barbosa, delivered the closing remarks and a reception was held after the event.These kinds of events require an enormous amount of work and participation from faculty, students and staff. The Summer Program would like to thank the following people: