Eighth Annual Conference to Increase Diversity in Mathematical Modeling and Public Health

December 9-10, 2019
Boston MA, US


December 9-10, 2019


This conference was held at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, MA from December 9-10, 2019 in conjunction with the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A select group of diverse undergraduate students interested in mathematical modeling and infectious diseases attended and had the opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

Presenters at this conference included MIDAS members Marc Lipsitch, Shweta Bansal, Rachel Slayton, Mauricio Santillana , Guido España, Pamela Martinez, Tigist Menkir, and Wilbert van Panhuis, as well as Gloria Kang, Xueting Qui, Tufail Malik, and Stephen Kissler.


“I loved the fact that all of the people that were hosting and presenting at the conference were extremely willing to help all of the students and offer knowledge about their careers and answer any questions we had.”

“I liked the variety in speakers because it made me realize how interdisciplinary this area of the health field is. I especially enjoyed the speakers from the CDC and the opportunity to connect when we all had dinner.”

“This conference was very inspirational for me. I came in not knowing too much about the different options in a public health career so hearing the different lectures and perspectives really opened up my thinking to new options. Also, I was able to talk to one of the speakers about my career plans, who connected me to a colleague of hers and can be a resource for me for my career.”



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