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The Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS) Young Scholars Program brings together a group of rising 11th and 12th grade high school students from across Connecticut for two weeks each summer. The program's goal is to expose motivated and academically promising students with strong math skills to biostatistics and health sciences research and methodologies. The program is centered on guiding students through the steps required to conduct a research study and highlights the vital role of the biostatistician in clinical research. The program emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Morning sessions include an intensive introduction to biostatistics, the opportunity to analyze research data, and the development of statistical programming skills. Midday features presentations by biostatisticians and clinical researchers from Yale’s schools of medicine and public health. These lectures expose students to a range of research studies currently underway at Yale. Students spend the afternoons learning about research methods. Thoughout the program, students work in small groups focused on designing and conducting a research study and on interpreting the analyses they have conducted. The program culminates in group presentations on these student projects. Tours of Yale augment the program experience.
The curriculum is designed by faculty and staff of YCAS, and the program is taught by faculty, staff and graduate students. Alumni of the program serve as team leaders, teaching assistants and peer mentors.
With their applications, students must submit two teacher recommendations (at least one from a math teacher). If a student asks you to write a recommendation, please provide the student with an e-mail address. Once we receive the application, we will send you a link to the recommendation form. Recommendations are due April 3, 2020.
There is no cost for this program; however, we gratefully accept donations to offset the cost of running the program.