All BEST students complete a research project under the supervision of an experienced faculty mentor. For both students and faculty, the research project and final capstone presentation serve as the highlight of the program.

With the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from computer simulation of genetic disorders, to classification trees, to models for clinical decision making, students go far beyond traditional classroom education in order to synthesize and integrate all they learn. In doing so, students are able to demonstrate and better appreciate the importance of statistical methods in biomedical research.


The program allocates 6-8 hours per week over about 7 weeks to trainee-mentor research time. Students are assigned a faculty member prior to arriving on campus.

From weeks two through seven, students work intensively with their mentors on their research projects. During the eighth and final week, students, faculty, coordinators, and mentors gather for a capstone symposium, where students present a summary of their research project.

2017 Project Titles

1) Evaluating HIV Concern in Dominican Women in Washington Heights using Categorical Data Analysis
2) Validation of Mother Reported Childhood Infections Through Viral Serology Measures and Medical Records
3) Racial Differences in Recurrent Adverse Cardiovascular Events: Is Physical Activity a Moderator?
4) Warfarin vs. Aspirin: Subgroup Analysis of Interactions Between Predictor Variables and Primary Outcomes