I Deserve a Seat at the Table of Higher Education

Taylor Mahoney did not expect to go to college. Born and raised in Charlestown, a historic neighborhood just across the river from downtown Boston, Mahoney hails from a single-parent, low-income household. Many students, by virtue of having siblings or parents who attended college, see higher education as a natural progression from high school. But for Mahoney, “that’s just not the way it was. College was never really in my plans.”

Today, Mahoney is a PhD candidate in biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She researches adaptive design in clinical trials, a relatively new class of trial that allows sponsors to make design changes after an interim review of the data; this flexibility can make such trials more efficient, informative, and ethical, as they often use fewer resources and require fewer participants.

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