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Master's Capstone Projects

Word cloudThe MS in Biostatistics Capstone Project requirement is met by working with University of Rochester Medical Center investigators on an applied biomedical project. Students are to have contact with medical investigators as well as supervision by statisticians. The student’s activities should form a coherent whole that can be summarized after 2-3 months of work. Students are required to write a formal report summarizing the findings from their project. These findings are presented in a public lecture, which is followed by a closed oral qualifying examination.

Project Guidelines

Download: Guidelines for the MS Biostatistics Capstone Project, Written Report, Oral Presentation, and Final Oral Examination

Project Examples

  • Test-Retest Reliability and Agreement of the Conditioned Pain Modulation (CPM) and Monofilament Threshold (MFT) Tests in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) Patients

  • Modeling Cortical Integration of Speech Structure using Morphable Temporal Response Functions

  • Assessment of Nutritional Status, Psychological Health, and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Older Adults with Advanced Cancer: A Secondary Analysis of a Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial
  • Evaluation of Baseline Predictors of One-Year Change in Outcomes in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 in Preparation for Clinical Trials
  • Identification of Patients at High Risk for Sub-Optimal Bladder Filling During Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
  • Hospital Charges:  The Elephant in the Doctor’s Office
  • Structured Deep Learning on Medical Image Segmentation
  • The Change in Neuronal Dendritic Volume from Wakefulness to Sleep
  • A False Discovery Rate Upper Bound For Two-Stage Testing
  • Identifying Factors Affecting Treatment Success in Adult Drug Treatment Court Clients
  • Assessment of Left and Right Ventricular Volume Reduction to Identify Clinical Responders to CRT-D Among Non-LBBB Patients: A MADIT-CRT Sub-study
  • Modeling HIV Risk Reduction Intervention: The Zero-inflated Negative Binomial and Zero-inflated Poisson Regression Models
  • Understanding B Cell Kinetics in Humans via Heavy Water Labeling Using Nonlinear Mixed Effects Models and Stochastic Approximation EM Algorithms
  • Predictors of Depression in Pregnant Women and New Mothers Six Weeks Post-Partum
  • Evaluation of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Among the Rochester Population: 2008-2009 Season
  • Cognitive Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Early Surgical Intervention versus Continued Optimal Pharmacotherapy in Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Factors Influencing Primary and Secondary Educational Attainment of Children in the Seychelles Republic
  • Identifying Factors Influencing Oncologists’ Decision to Use Primary Prophylaxis G-CSF