Consider being a professional mentor for a University of Washington Biostatistics student in the Master of Science Capstone Program.

The Professional Mentor Program supplements a student’s real-world capstone project by exposing them to professionals outside academia.

Current mentors span the career spectrum with representatives from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, non-profit research centers, and government agencies. 

Our past mentors have included individuals who graduated 20 years ago, as well as mentors in the first few years of their career. Most are UW alumni but several are people who work in a statistical field and simply want to help students.

Alumni ‘pay it forward’ as professional mentors

Story highlighting 2023 mentors

Frankline Onchiri and Brett Hanscom

Every year, the University of Washington Department of Biostatistics offers students in the Master of Science Capstone Program the option to be paired with a professional mentor, a relationship that provides valuable career advice to students and the opportunity to establish a connection with someone outside academia.

“Being paired with a mentor has been very successful for students,” said Minh Vo, associate director of student services in the department. “The insights they gain from discussions with practicing professionals complements what students learn in their academic program and better prepares them for careers after graduation.”

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Be a Mentor!

Contact us if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor to a UW Biostatistics MS Capstone student. Contact graduate program advisor Minh Vo, and/or check out the program guidelines (pdf)  to learn more.

Need help with a project? 

In addition to mentoring, we are also looking for industry/research partners to provide real-time, real-world, capstone projects for students. To date, capstone students have worked with organizations such as the Washington Department of Health, Seattle King County Public Health, UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Harborview Medical Center.

Read more about capstone project sponsorship and recent student projects