QBS 185: QBS Masters Capstone Experience (3 units)

Course Directors: Dr. Jennifer A. Emond, Dr. Aurora Drew, & Dr. Jeremiah Brown

Only open to QBS Masters students. Effective for Fall 2020 matriculants and beyond.

  • Course description: The goal of the capstone is to enable students to refine their skill set as they work on a research or applied data science, epidemiology or informatics project. The capstone also provides training in critical professional skills including scientific writing, presentation skills, and translating the findings of a research or applied project to key stakeholders who may not have expertise in the domain. Preparation for the capstone project begins in August of the first year and culminates in a written white paper and oral presentation at the end of the summer term. Students will also complete a poster presentation of their completed capstone work at the Celebration of Biomedical Research at Dartmouth (CBRaD) held in the fall of the second year.
  • Students may select from three tracks for their capstone. Tracks differ based on the summer term project. The pre-capstone work is required for all tracks. Students are expected to finalize their track selection in April. Tuition & Fees apply to all tracks.
    • Individual Project with Dartmouth PI: Students will match with an investigator at Dartmouth and will work on a research or applied project under the PI’s mentorship; the project may be supervised by a postdoctoral research fellow or doctoral candidate in the PI’s lab. For this option, residency at Dartmouth is required. Students are encouraged to submit a conference abstract in the fall on their capstone project.
    • Project-Based External Experience: Students will complete an external internship. Internships may be with a for-profit company, governmental agency, non-profit organization, or another academic institution. For this option, residency at Dartmouth is not required.
    • Individual Project, Self-Led: Students will work on an independent project of their own choosing. For example, students may develop their own research project using publicly available data. QBS faculty will assist students in defining feasible projects and oversee the work. For this option, residency at Dartmouth is required. Students are encouraged to submit a conference abstract in the fall on their capstone.
  • Students will work on their capstone full-time (3 units) during the summer term, whether in residence at Dartmouth or at an external company/institution.
  • Capstone offered during Summer only. Full Tuition & Fees apply.
  • Prerequisites:
    • Coursework: QBS 185.5: Capstone Preparation Course (.5 unit - W/Sp) in the winter and spring quarters preceding the summer capstone
    • Programming: QBS 101: Foundations of Programming for Data Scientists (.5 unit each term- F/W/Sp) in the fall, winter and spring quarters preceding the summer capstone
    • Completion of all core courses for your declared concentration: Health Data Science, Epidemiology, or Medical Informatics

**International Students enrolled in QBS 185 are eligible to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to meet coursework requirements.

** Students can be paid or unpaid for external experiences. QBS Tuition & Fees still apply.

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