Jane Monaco Awarded New Grant

Dr. Jane Monaco has received funding for the project, “North Carolina High School Students: Learning about Biostatistics, the Discipline and the Job Opportunities.” This project will expose many North Carolina high school students currently taking AP Statistics to the opportunities available to study biostatistics as well as careers in biostatistics. The funding is part of the American Statistical Association Biometrics Section Initiative, “Developing the Next Generation of Biostatisticians,” which supports innovative outreach projects focused on enhancing awareness of biostatistics among quantitatively-talented US students.As part of this one-year project, Dr. Monaco will give presentations to several AP Statistics high school classes about the educational expectations and career opportunities for biostatisticians. Teachers participating in this aspect of the project will receive a one-year ASA K-12 membership. Information from these sessions will be converted to a multimedia presentation to be posted on the UNC-CH Department of Biostatistics website accessible to the general public. Additional outreach information will be distributed by mail to as many as 100 North Carolina high schools with materials describing biostatistics educational requirements, resources for job opportunities, and directions to access the multimedia presentation on our website.

“Through this project, we hope to encourage talented high school students in North Carolina to pursue careers in the rewarding field of biostatistics,” said Dr. Monaco.