American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
Department of Biostatistics Colloquium



IMPORTANT NOTE:
THE ROOM HAS BEEN CHANGED TO HESS COMMONS



GET THE MOST OUT OF GRADUATE SCHOOL:
PREPARING TO BE AN ACADEMIC BIOSTATISTICIAN

(A special seminar for the students.)

by

Prof. Robert Weiss
Department of Biostatistics
UCLA School of Public Health


Abstract

In graduate school, I prepared for a career as a biostatistics professor. Mostly by accident; little of what I did was purposeful for becoming a professor. I did things I wanted to do; not things to prepare me for a career. Only rarely did someone actually show me tools or information that was specifically useful for my future career. After graduation, I became an assistant professor (another accident), and learned more about how to be a biostatistician. I learned a lot through trial and error and plenty from the learn-to-swim-by-being-tossed-in-the-pool school of training. Now I teach many of those same lessons to each new dissertation student. I still use the trial and error approach to learning for myself, but I really don’t approve of tossing students into pools unprepared. There is lots to graduate school besides course work. I outline a number of issues/subjects/tools not overtly covered in courses. Arguably, much of this is more important than course work for later career success.

I give an overview of a number of topics:


Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
Hess Commons
(10th Floor / Lobby)
New York, New York

RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 P.M. in the
Biostatistics Conference Room (R627).


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