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Chelsea Draper, a junior in Chemical Engineering, attended the 6th Annual Outreach Conference to Increase Diversity in Mathematical Modelling and Public Health. Hosted by the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, November 6-7, 2017 in Boston, MA.
Chelsea Draper at Harvard
Draper was one of 52 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups selected to attend the conference. Applicants had to have a 3.0 GPA or above, a quantitative science background or have taken several quantitative classes beyond introductory-level course. They also had to be interested in public health and mathematical modeling.
Students from across the country, Baylor, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, UCLA, Princeton to name a few, were selected to attend the 2-day conference.
Draper represented the Southwest as the only Chemical Engineering major and Native American. Chelsea is a member of the Navajo Nation. The students were given travel scholarships which covered airfare, hotel costs and meals.
The two-day interactive conference included scientific talks from researchers and graduate students who use infectious disease epidemiology and mathematical modeling to solve problems in public health; professional development and networking opportunities; and hands-on sessions where students had the opportunity to practice the concepts and skills they are learning.