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Educational Activities

Members of the Division of Biostatistics are active in various educational activities of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and across Thomas Jefferson University. These activities include teaching of formal courses, seminars, journal clubs, ethics conferences, mentoring, and participation in students' thesis committees (particularly of students in the MS in Pharmacology program, Human Investigation track). In addition, all faculty of the Division often give talks to various Jefferson audiences, such as at departmental seminars for fellows and students.

Training of Jefferson's Graduate Students

Drs. Chervoneva and Zhan teach "Statistical Methods of Data Analysis" (GC660) and Dr. Keith teaches "Fundamentals of Clinical Trials" (GC630), both graduate-level courses offered to fellows and graduate students through Jefferson's College of Biomedical Sciences.

In addition, all members of the Division serve in graduate students' thesis committees, particularly of students in the Pharmacology Training Program (formerly K-30) who are pursuing a MS in Pharmacology.

Training of Jefferson's Medical Students

Dr. Daskalakis teaches Evidence Based Medicine to medical students through ICM-1 and ICM-2. He also serves as the director of the Sidnay Kimmel Medical College's Summer Research Program, a 7-10 week summer program that gives first-year medical students the opportunity to get involved in mentored biomedical research.

Other Biostatistics faculty have served as faculty facilitators in small-group sessions of Scientific Foundations of Clinical Medicine.

Biostatistics Summer Internship

Members of the Division of Biostatistics have been engaged in training collaborations with Temple's graduate program in Statistics and with Drexel's graduate program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Drs. Chervoneva, Daskalakis, and Leiby have supervised students from these programs in summer internships, as well as on their thesis and dissertation research. Dr. Daskalakis has also mentored minority undergraduate students from Cheyney University during summer internships at Jefferson.

The Division of Biostatistics now offers a summer internship for up to 3 undergraduate or graduate students in the summer of 2017. Interns will be supervised directly by one of the Division's faculty and will have the opportunity to interact with other faculty and investigators across the university.

Goals of the program:

  • Introduce promising students to opportunities for applying statistical thinking to research in the biomedical sciences.
  • Give students real-world experience with analysis of data.
  • Develop students’ statistical programming skills in SAS, R, and other languages.
  • Allow students to practice communicating statistical methods and results through written and oral presentations.


  • The program will run for 8-10 weeks in June through August, with flexibility depending on faculty and student schedules.
  • Both part-time (20 hrs/week) and full-time (35 hrs/week) schedules are possible. The expected number of hours will be discussed between faculty supervisor and student and the agreed schedule will be stated in the letter of acceptance.


  • All student interns will be paid a small stipend (e.g., $3500 for an undergraduate, full-time, 10-week internship). The exact amount of the stipend will be dependent on academic level, experience, and work schedule.
  • Stipends will be paid bi-weekly for the duration of the assignment.


  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.  Undergraduate students may be enrolled in any program, but should have strong mathematical and analytical skills and at least one course in computer programming. Graduate students should be enrolled in a program in statistics, biostatistics, or similar field.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in (Bio)statistics, Data Science, or other similar quantitative science.


To apply, please send the following required documents to Gloria Elnitsky ( by February 15:

  • Cover letter with statement of interest, GPA, and names of two references.
  • CV/Resume

Applicants will be notified for a request for interview by March 15.  A final decision will be made on or before April 15.

Contact Info

For grant development, scientific collaboration, or consults, please contact any of the faculty (e-mail links provided).

For grant administration, budget and related matters please contact:

Carol Sims
(215) 955-5699
(215) 955-5681 fax

For administrative help please contact:

Gloria Elnitsky
(215) 955-9079
(215) 503-3804 fax

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