New program aims to increase diversity in doctoral programs at Harvard Chan School
A pilot pipeline program initiated by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and known as the Donald Hopkins Predoctoral Scholars Program– aims to enroll more underrepresented students in the School and provide them with strong foundational skills in the pursuit of a doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics or Global Health. Click here to learn more about the program.
In 1994, the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health established the Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences to encourage underrepresented minority students’ future participation in graduate programs in Biostatistics and Public Health. Now called the Summer Program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology, it has expanded to include a 6-week summer program, a Visiting Faculty Workshop, and a post-baccalaureate internship program. The program is directed by Dr. Marcello Pagano.
Current summer program participants and post-bacs work collaboratively on a group research project guided by a faculty member and graduate mentor. These projects further develop their quantitative research skills while tackling a current public health problem. Learn more about the summer program.
Interns in this program will reside at Harvard for 2 to 3 months each summer. They will participate in collaborative research projects and participate in 1 to 2 research projects at academic and clinical centers at Harvard. They will also receive directed mentoring and support for graduate school applications and selection.
In conjunction with the Symposium, we host a three-day Faculty Workshop. We invite six faculty members from quantitative fields at minority-serving undergraduate institutions to attend our annual symposium and to spend two days in intensive meetings with HSPH faculty and students. Our goal is to expose these faculty members to the field of quantitative Public Health so that they can return and educate their undergraduate students about these exciting career options. We also aim to learn from visiting faculty about how to strengthen our pipeline programs and better support underrepresented students in our graduate programs.
The Pipelines Into Biostatistics Annual Symposium is the culmination of the 6-week summer program experience. It provides participants with an opportunity to present their research findings, hear from visiting faculty, and network with alumni. Attendees include current and past summer program participants, faculty, fellows, graduate students, and visiting faculty from minority-serving institutions.
Recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority students has been a major issue in STEM programs across the nation, and this gap manifests itself far before college. This gap is addressed through a month-long intensive computing and biostatistics summer course geared towards high school students from underrepresented minority and low-income backgrounds in the greater Boston area. Through weekly assignments and a final group project, students will develop their statistical programming skills, receiving mentoring, and make connections inside and outside of the classroom.