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MIDAS’ Dean Burke presents “Modelling for Policy and Science” to NIGMS Scientific Advisory Council

The role and achievements of MIDAS as part of NIH's endeavor of Modeling for Science and Policy was discussed at the NIGMS National Scientific Advisory Council. To view presentations click here.

MIDAS Alumna Receives Fulbright Research Grant

RaakaRaaka Kumbhakar, a 2011 MIDAS summer undergraduate research fellow, was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant for 2012-2013. Ms. Kumbhakar earned her bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy of science, as well as a certificate in global studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. During her summer fellowship with the University of Pittsburgh’s MIDAS National Center of Excellence, she worked with Dr. Gilles Clermont on a project examining the role of modeling in pandemic response and influenza A virus evolution. Currently, she is conducting research on dengue fever at the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam for her Fulbright award. Her research will be used to explain trends in disease dynamics throughout Vietnam.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships abroad. The awards are granted to recent bachelor’s degree recipients, graduate students, and young professionals based on their academic or professional achievements, as well as demonstrated leadership in their potential fields. The grants are given by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


2013 MIDAS Summer Research Program

2013 Summer Research Program

Computational Modeling and Simulation of Infectious Diseases

May 20 - July 26, 2013

  • Receive a 10-week summer research opportunity, including a competitive stipend.
  • Participate in the excitement of scientific research.
  • Work on interdisciplinary projects with senior mentors.
  • Gain an appreciation for major research questions being raised at the intersection of biological sciences, public health, computer technology, and systems thinking.
  • Receive housing and travel allowances, provided as needed.

Open to undergraduate students from all disciplines who are currently enrolled and in good academic standing.

Click here to learn more



Calling all undergraduates:

Tycho   Data  Palooza!

Project Tycho (www.tycho.pitt.edu) at the University of Pittsburgh has digitized 120 years of weekly US disease data and is organizing a competition for undergraduate students to use all their skills and creativity to answer a research question using data sets from the Tycho database that will be made available especially for this competition. This will demonstrate the enormous capacity among undergraduate students for qualitative and quantitative data analysis and also the great potential of public health data. Students can provide contributions in three categories: 1) historical context of a disease pattern, 2) visualization of a disease pattern, 2) quantitative analysis of a disease pattern. The competition will start on May 21st and will end by July 27th. An awards committee will review all contributions and the best contribution in each category that meets a standard set of award criteria will receive the Tycho Data Palooza Scholarship Award Certificate and a check for US$ 1,000. If you are interested, please register for free at www.vaccinemodeling.org/tychodatapalooza before May 20th, 5:00pm. Good luck!

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