LA’s Biostatistics Education Summer Training program at USC (LA’s BEST@USC)

LA’s Biostatistics Education Summer Training program at USC (LA’s BEST @USC) provides an opportunity for outstanding underrepresented college students in math and science to gain exposure to public health research as biostatisticians/health data scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Program Summary

Students will conduct summer research for six weeks from June 17, 2019, through July 26, 2019, with training from public health leaders. All students will receive formal training in biostatistics and meet experts in epidemiology, molecular biology and clinical research with opportunities to work on real data sets focusing on heart and lung diseases. At the end of the summer session, students will present their research findings to the Keck community. Students will receive 2.0 units of college credit, tuition, housing, meals and cost of transportation from their homes. All expenses will be covered by the program.

The program aims to increase

  1. awareness of work opportunities for quantitative scientists in public health.
  2. the number of workers from underrepresented groups in math and science.
  3. the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees in biostatistics at USC.  

LA’s BEST@USC dates: June 17, 2019 – July 26, 2019

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate study

Application requirements:
As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • An essay describing how this opportunity will enhance your career goals (min 500 words)
  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation (One MUST be from a faculty in science, technology, 
    engineering or mathematics)

For questions regarding your application or the application process, please contact:

Nicole Reyes Avila, Coordinator
(323) 442-7290


Applications are currently being accepted until all positions are filled

To apply for the program, please download and fill out the application [PDF].

Funding by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute R25 HL147236