1. Master thesis: a student-company interaction
Every year an interested and lively group of high-level students takes part in the Master of Statistics Programme organised at Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Belgium. This programme includes trajectories in biostatistics, bioinformatics and epidemiology and combines a solid study of principles of biostatistics, medical statistics and related fields with up to date training in topics such as clinical trials, public health, longitudinal data, survival analysis, genetics, survey methodology...
One of the important requirements of the programme is that students prepare a Master Thesis, which entails working on a real-life project. The student reports on this activity in a written document which is also orally presented at one of our graduation days. It is envisaged that the project work focuses on real data problems in the context of ongoing activities in substantive fields. The main goal for students is to define and apply the appropriate statistical methodology on your dataset, taking into account the complexity and incompleteness of its structure and translate the results into answers on your research question.
The success of the Master Thesis heavily relies on the participation of high-profile industrial, academic, and research environments. We dare to hope that you are willing to propose specific projects, (which can be accomplished at your institute or company by one or more of our students). We aim at appealing projects that can be supervised by you or one of your colleagues during approximately four months. In addition to the company supervision every student will be assigned a UHasselt supervisor. The role of the UHasselt supervisor is to provide limited technical support, but predominantly to verify compliance with procedures and regulations. At the end of the thesis-work period, both supervisors complete the project evaluation form and sign for approval of submission of the thesis. Since the project is an integral part of the programme, the students are supported by Hasselt University and need neither funding nor insurance from your institution/company.