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.

2023 Project Titles

"Inflammation And Cytokine Expression - Association With Suicide Attempt History Among Veterans"

"Comparisons of Medical Care Trajectories between Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black Lung Cancer Patients"

"Genetic Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors"

"The Effect of Income Stratification on Arrest Disparities in NYC Census Tracts"

"Evaluating the Effect of Psychiatric Comorbidity on Development Using Healthy Brain Network Data"

"Household Absences and Live Births in the Chitwan Valley Family Study"

"Influence of Cardiorespiratory Signal Fluctuations on the Bold Signal"