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Young Scholars Summer Program in Biostatistics and Clinical Research

For students entering grades 11 and 12

Young Scholars 2023 Program Announcement

Application materials for the summer 2023 Young Scholars program are now available. We will accept applications only from students residing in Connecticut who would be able to attend an in-person program on the Yale campus in New Haven.

All attendees will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including booster shots). Attendees must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of the program and must agree to be tested during the program if asked to do so. Attendees must also agree to wear a mask if asked by program faculty. A student who does not intend to comply with these conditions should not apply to the program.

In collaboration with clinical researchers, biostatisticians at the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS) design research studies and use statistical methods to address critical problems in medicine and public health. Our YCAS Young Scholars intensive summer program provides promising high school students entering 11th and 12th grade, who excel in math, with the opportunity to learn about the work of biostatisticians in an academic environment. During this two week program, we introduce students to basic statistical methods and study designs used in medical research. We also provide instruction in “R,” a computer programming language for statistical analyses. Students work in teams and use real health science data to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work.

Please follow the links for application details and additional information for teachers, students, and parents.

Program Times & Dates

Application and Teacher Recommendations Deadline:

Date: Friday, March 31, 2023

Information Session for Accepted Students and Their Parents/Guardians:

Date: Monday, July 10, 2023; 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Icebreaker Session for Accepted Students:

Date: Friday July 14, 2023; 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Yale School of Public Health, 47 College St., Room 106B

Program Days and Times:

Monday, July 17-Friday, July 28, 2023 - 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m

Location: Yale School of Public Health, 47 College St., Room 106B

Student Presentations and Presentation of Certificates:

Date: Friday, July 28, 2022; 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Yale School of Public Health, 47 College St., Room 106B

AND Online

Parents and Friends are Invited!


  • Rising 11th and 12th graders (preference given to rising seniors)
  • Strong math skills and academic record
  • Interest in learning about statistics, computer programming and medical research

Students should:

  • be motivated team players
  • have transportation to and from the program if held in person
  • agree to abide by all program rules
  • be able to attend pre-program meetings
  • have a parent or guardian able to attend the Information Session for accepted students
  • be able to make a full-time commitment to the program