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.

2019 Project Titles

a. Investigating How Environmental Chemicals Lead to Adverse Liver Functions in the United States

b. Analyzing the Effectiveness of New and Old Antipsychotics

c. Traumatic Life Events and Viral Suppression Outcomes for Children on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in South Africa

d. The Impact of a Fatigue Relief Intervention on Pain and Sleep Disturbances in HIV+ Latinx Individuals

e. Does Moderate-To-Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity Eliminate The Detrimental Association Of Sedentary Behavior With Mortality?

f. Testing The Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis in Large Data Sets

g. The Effect of Ridesharing on Injury Crashes in New York City