For Laura Skrip, a second-year MPH student, biostatistics is the perfect path for a quantitative thinker to make a difference in the world. As a research assistant in China, she was asked to help analyze a set of field data using regression models. “That hooked me,” says Laura.
Prior to starting graduate work, Laura also worked for a health promotion company outside of New York City developing school and workplace-based curriculums for wellness and prevention. There, she also discovered a passion for research.
During her time at Yale, Laura has provided statistical assistance to the Department of Surgery and has contributed to a meta-analysis of research on C. difficile bacteria as well as a study on stone disease in high-risk patient populations. She also is a public health mentor for the Yale Chapter of Engineers without Borders and traveled with the group last May to Cameroon to conduct a household-level health survey to evaluate the prevalence of waterborne illness prior to implementing a new water distribution system in the community.
Looking forward, Laura is hoping to learn more about biology and fieldwork and is applying to doctoral programs.