The Brown University School of Public Health is leading the way in creating opportunities for talented students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to enter graduate studies in biostatistics through its NextGen Scholars Program. Launched in the fall of 2022, the program provides up to full tuition coverage, research stipends, and internship opportunities to exceptional HBCU graduates pursuing a Master’s degree in biostatistics at Brown’s School of Public Health.
The NextGen Scholars Program goes beyond financial support, providing mentorship, leadership training, and research apprenticeships to help students thrive, academically and professionally.
“The NextGen program has offered a great deal of academic, leadership, and career support,” said NextGen Scholar, Destiny Rankins. “The Biostatistics faculty and advisors are always ready to address any questions or concerns that may arise. Progressing academically, in my research assistantship and in the overall program, has been and continues to be a top priority.”
The inaugural cohort of three students is already working on research projects alongside faculty members, covering areas such as microsimulation models and the effect of social determinants of health on the rate of false positives in breast cancer screening.
As the field of public health rapidly evolves, data science is an increasingly critical area of research. Brown’s Master’s program in biostatistics is at the head of this field, providing advanced training in the theory and application of statistical methods in public health, clinical medicine, and the biological sciences. Graduates are prepared for careers as statisticians or data analysts in industry, government or academia, as well as for doctoral study.
“My experiences in the Biostatistics program have been challenging yet rewarding,” said NextGen Scholar, Victoria Grase. “The program has been extremely helpful in providing resources to expand our knowledge of career opportunities, development of leadership skills, and networking events. I have personally enjoyed the research I’ve been doing on the effects of measures of racial segregation on the rate of false positive breast cancer screens.”
Through the NextGen Scholars Program, Brown is preparing a new cohort of biostatisticians to lead innovation, promote equity, and create impactful change.