Posts from Me
- Advice on How to Be an Effective PhD Researcher
- Academic Cover Letters for Statistical Science Faculty Positions
- Academic CVs for Statistical Science Faculty Positions
- Why I Don't Tell Trainees How Many Hours I Work as a Tenure-Track Faculty Member
- Economic Diversity and the Academy: Statistical Science
Why should you study statistics? What can you do with a degree in statistics? Check out the embedded video from This is Statistics. The employment outlook for PhD holders in statistics and biostatistics is also especially bright.
Interested in graduate school for health policy, health services research, (bio)statistics, machine learning, or bioinformatics? Consider applying to these summer programs to learn more:
- The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) has nine participating institutions across the United States. (I attended SIBS at Boston University during its inaugural summer in 2004.)
- Harvard has two: the Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology (SPBCB) for diverse undergrads and the FACETS Program for diverse students broadly interested in public health, including quantitative population science and health policy. (I was a faculty mentor for SPBCB in summer 2016, view their presentation; I was a faculty member for both programs this summer 2017.)
- The Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program run by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at University of Pennsylvania introduces underrepresented students to health services research.
- Does machine learning peak your interest? Take a look at the Advances of Machine Learning in Theory & Applications summer research experience for undergraduates sponsored by NSF.
- UCLA has a new Bruins in Genomics summer research experience focused on genomics and bioinformatics.
Post-Bachelor Fellowship programs may also be of interest, such as the fellowship at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
NIH has a predoctoral funding program for individual scholars. Current doctoral students are eligible to apply.
The NSF has a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) that provides considerable funding for successful applicants. Potential fellows can begin applying during their final year of undergraduate training. First year graduate students also remain eligible for the NSF GRFP.
Deciding between academia, industry, and government for your post-graduation plans? Check out the ASA's annual internship listing to sample another sector over the summer.
Consider applying for Joint Statistical Meetings student travel awards, the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship, and the Lingzi Lu Memorial Award. Two dissertation fellowship programs include the Josephine De Karman Fellowship Trust and the AAUW American Fellowships Program. Your university likely has internal awards as well, and your program coordinator may be able to give you more information.
Both NIH and NSF have PI-level fellowships appropriate for postdoctoral scholars who work in the statistical sciences. The Amstat News recently published several interviews on federal funding for postdoctoral scholars, including my experience as an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
There are a number of conferences, meetings, and workshops focused on highlighting diverse researchers, including the Field of Dreams Conference, SACNAS National Conference, NERDtopia at UC Berkeley, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Workshops (they also maintain a list of role models for women of color), ASA Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference, Women in Data Science Conference, and the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference.
Additionally, the Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology, FACETS Program, and SUMR Program discussed above recruit only students from diverse backgrounds.
The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences has mentoring and graduate application programs, among their other initiatives (including the Field of Dreams Conference).
I found the job listings at the ASA, University of Florida Department of Statistics, and Florida State University Department of Statistics to be the most helpful during my job search for 2013. They post academic, industry, and government positions from bachelor's to PhD level. There are many other sites.
The Chronicle of Higher Education forum has two useful job boards: Job-Seeking Experiences and The Interview Process. There are threads with answers to standard questions as well as more nuanced issues.
I wrote a guest article for Simply Statistics on Navigating Big Data Careers with a Statistics PhD.
These unique opportunities recruit both new PhDs and experienced mid-career scientists. The AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship has programmatic areas in "Health, Education & Human Services" and a new initiative in "Big Data & Analytics," among others. The California Council on Science and Technology has a similar fellowship that integrates scholars into the California Legislature.
Early Career Faculty & Academic Careers
Great article from Professor Radhika Nagpal (Harvard) on tenure-track life.
Career advice for academics from Robert Sternberg (Cornell).
The Effort Report is a podcast discussing the details of academic life in a school of public health or medical school.