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Thesis Project

All students complete a thesis in the form of a collaborative research project. The goal of the thesis project is to provide students with a collaborative experience in applied biostatistics in the form of real-world data analysis and methods development that will help align with future careers.

The thesis is a collaborative project involving both biostatistics and medical research faculty, and it will take the form of a study based on human population or statistical methods and simulation. The final product consists of a publishable manuscript (2,500-3,500 words in length) and a poster presentation (with awards for highest-ranking poster). Faculty organize a "project pitch" session in late summer quarter that will help students identify projects and pair up with advisers.


The following forms need to be completed for the thesis project.

Selected Previous Projects

  • The Relationship between the Number and Type of Prescription Medications and Physical Activity Amongst Patients With or At High Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Social determinants of social treatment delays in cervical cancer patients
  • Trends in Renal Impairment and Long-Term Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Following Liver Transplantation
  • DNA Methylation-based Signatures Associated with Progression-Free Survival in Meningioma Patients
  • Evaluating performance of covariate-constrained randomization (CCR) techniques under misspecification of cluster-level variables
  • Overall Survival Analysis of Patients with Glioblastoma Treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Anti-Depressants: A Retrospective Study with Time-Dependent Variable Modeling

Student Thesis Achievements