StatStart Program

A one month intensive summer course in biostatistics computing for high school students from underrepresented minority & low-income backgrounds in the greater Boston area

*Note: Due to developments with COVID-19, this program has been cancelled for 2020. Please check back in March 2021 for information about the program for next summer.

The course will teach programming in R, basic statistics, develop high school students’ statistical programming, computational thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Students receive instruction for three hours a day, four days per week (Monday – Thursday), in the form of lectures and lab work
  • Students complete and present group research projects as the culmination event at the end of the program
  • Direct mentoring by Biostatistics PhD students
  • Support and guidance with college applications and career counseling
  • MBTA passes and lunch provided

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Boston area high school student (rising freshman – rising senior)
  • Interest in applying to college with a focus in STEM
  • Basic algebra
  • Completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation


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More news related to the StatStart Program!

The program was started in 2015, and is hosted by the Biostatistics Department at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. It is overseen by a Faculty Director, but developed and taught by Biostatistics PhD students.

Support for the program is provided by Meredith Rosenthal, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Inaugural Curriculum Innovation Grant and the Department of Biostatistics.

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