Bridge to Biostats Programs


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Biostats Day

Biostats Day

“Biostats Day” is a 1 to 1 ½-hour long biostatistics exposure program that we offer to partner organizations to provide an engaging introduction to the field. It is currently an online program but, when feasible, we will convert it to an in-person event so we can host students at our office, and they can experience a biostatistics work environment. The program consists of the following sections:


Broad definition of biostatistics and exploration of what the actual work of a biostatistician entails.

Statistical Activities

Discussion and exploration of statistical concepts.

  • A discussion of data visualization featuring the “What’s Going on in this Graph?” collection from the New York Times’ collaboration with the American Statistical Association.
  • “Statistical thinking” exercises which incorporate student data and update in real-time.
  • “Population vs Sample Mean” demonstration exploring the concept of sampling error.
  • “The F Test” activity, which explores measurement error. Participants count the number of F’s in a paragraph in a 2-minute timeframe.

Meet the Biostatistician

One or two professional biostatisticians (both masters and doctoral level) will describe the paths that led them from high school to their current positions, and present a relatable project with accompanying visuals.

Next Steps

A discussion of resources and recommendations for students interested in learning more about a career in biostatistics.

BEAM Enrichment Class

Bridge to Biostats will teach a class called “Data Literacy & Bio/Statistical Thinking” in Spring 2022 for Beam’s High School Saturday Enrichment program. (Last year was our first class with BEAM.)

Summer Exposure Program (SEP)

Bridge to Biostats hosts a cohort of students in a Biostatistics-specific track of MSK’s Summer Exposure Program (SEP), which is designed to expose and provide support to underrepresented and under-resourced high school students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions.  In addition to the college preparatory training that all SEP students receive, our Biostatistics students attend introductory statistics lectures, R coding labs, statistical thinking sessions (on subjects like data ethics, p-values, sampling, and correlation vs. causation), and guest lectures from MSK and the greater Biostatistics community. Summer 2022 will be our 2nd year of participating in the SEP.

Past Events

April 2022: BEAM 8th grade Biostats Day

  • April 2022: BEAM 8th grade Biostats Day
    Joanne Chou and Jessica Lavery presented the first Biostats Day of 2022. We thank Dr. Melody Goodman for sharing her journey into biostatistics and the impactful work she is doing in this field.

December 2021: CUNY STEM Research Academy Biostats Day

  • December 2021: CUNY STEM Research Academy Biostats Day
    Jessica Flynn and Hannah Kalvin led our final Biostats Day of 2021. A special thanks to Dr. Manisha Desai & Celine Bien-Amie for joining us for our “Meet the Biostatistician” section.
  • June 2021: HOPP SSP & SEP Biostats Day
    Joanne Chou and Stephanie Lobaugh presented our Biostats Day program for MSK’s HOPP Summer Student Program and Summer Exposure Program students. Thank you to guest speaker Dr. Mithat Gönen for sharing his career path and meaningful professional insights with us.
  • March 2021: Einstein Enrichment Program Biostats Days
    Jessica Flynn, Jessica Lavery, Sammi Brown and Stephanie Lobaugh ran two Biostats Day programs for EEP students. Many thanks again to Dr. Kay See Tan and Dr. Sujata Patil for joining us for “Meet the Biostatistician.”

Second BEAM Biostats Day program for 8th grade and high school students Zoom

  • December 2020: BEAM 8th Grade + High School Biostats Day
    Sammi Brown and Jessica Lavery led the second BEAM Biostats Day program for 8th grade and high school students. At the start of the program, 33% of the students had heard of biostatistics, and at the end of the program 90% were interested in learning more.
  • October 2020: BEAM High School Biostats Day
    Jessica Flynn and Stephanie Lobaugh presented an introduction to biostatistics to 20+ high school students in New York City and Los Angeles. At the start of the program, 20% of the students had heard of biostatistics, and at the end of the program 70% were interested in learning more.
  • September 2020: StatFest
    The Bridge to Biostats committee organized a virtual booth to provide information about opportunities in Biostatistics to undergraduate students at the annual StatFest expo. StatFest is a conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students who are members of historically underrepresented groups to pursue careers and graduate studies in the statistical sciences.
  • August 2020: BEAM Career Day
    Jessica Lavery and Sujata Patil presented their paths to careers in biostatistics to middle school students through a career day organized by BEAM.