About LA’s BeST @USC

LA’s Biostatistics and Data Science Summer Training Students will conduct summer research for six weeks from June 17th through July 26th, 2024, with training from public health leaders. All students will receive formal training in biostatistics and data science and meet experts in epidemiology, molecular biology, cancer, and clinical research with opportunities to work on real data sets. The main focus will be on heart and lung diseases, but students will also have the opportunity of being introduced to a wide range of public health research topics including cancer, metabolic disorders, and genetics. At the end of the summer session, students will present their research findings to the Keck community.

Students will receive a $3,000 stipend and 2.0 units of college credit. Housing at USC, transportation, and tuition is covered.

The program aims to increase:

  • underrepresented students pursuing graduate degrees in biostatistics and data science
  • awareness of work opportunities for quantitative scientists in public health
  • the number of scientists working in STEM fields


Topics include:

  • Health data analysis, epidemiology, clinical trials, statistical genetics and spatial statistics for geographical modeling
  • Training using R, a widely used software in research
  • Immersion in data from groundbreaking public health research studies such as the Southern California Children’s Health Study

June 17 – July 26, 2024


To promote careers in biostatistics and data science for improving overall health and reducing health inequities.


LA’s BeST @USC is funded under the Summer Institutes in Biostatistics (SIBS) program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Grant #: R25 HL161788]. To learn more about the SIBS program and our sister sites, please visit the program website. We thank the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center for additional funding.