Last school year, I reviewed over 600 applications from students to my training programs. Over SIX HUNDRED, for 16 research internship positions that I had available!
One of the most important skills that we look for in students is STATISTICS. Students who are proficient in statistics can apply those skills to almost any kind of internship project, from community-based research, to cell biology.
In an article titled Six Classes and Certifications That Can Help You Get a Raise, by Joanna Hughes for MasterStudies.com. I was quoted as follows:
"We already addressed how actuary certification can be a major career booster for actuaries. But the study of statistics has general -- and lucrative -- applications, as well.
Professor of preventive medicine Luz Claudio told Monster.com, “I know it may sound boring to some, but statistics can be applied in so many fields: biomedical research, business, economics, social sciences and computer sciences. If you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, but you are proficient in statistics, you can get a job in almost any field until you find a path that better suits your passions.”
So, if you are a student starting a new semester in the fall, think about taking courses in statistics. Talk to your advisers and mentors about how statistics may fit your curriculum of study. You will find that this knowledge will open many doors for you.
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Dr. Luz Claudio is a Tenured Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and the author of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide, the Spanish edition: Cómo Escribir y Publicar un Artículo Científico: La Guía Paso a Paso, and the New Notebook for Seminars and Lectures.These books and free resources can be found on Amazon and at www.DrLuzClaudio.com.
The opinions expressed in this blog are solely her own and may not reflect those of her employer or colleagues.
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