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Student Resources for the MSA

There are a number of resources available to help you successfully complete your MSA project.  These include:

BIOSTATISTICAL support - The Research Consulting Laboratory is available to MSA students to provide basic biostatistical support for MSA projects.  The RCL can help with study design, power & sample size calculations, data analysis and interpretation.  You can make an appt. by calling 303-724-4619,  Please be sure to identify yourself as an MSA student. 

The RCL will ask you to complete a Scope of Work form outlining your study design,  primary hypothesis, and planned analyses.  It is very helpful for you to review the attached documents prior to visiting the RCL. They give useful guidance on surveys, best practices for data transfer and how to construct your data dictionary and database.

The RCL can provide basic support for MSA projects.  If a student’s project wil​​l require a very substantial degree of biostatistical help, it may be necessary to work with your mentor to either limit the scope of the project or to find additional funding.  The MSA Director will interact with the student and mentor to develop an appropriate statistical plan that is commensurate with resources available.

COMIRB - COMIRB approval is required for all students conducting human subjects research.  You will need to complete required training in order to submit a protocol or be added to an existing protocol.

This presentation by Warren Capell, MD, the Director of COMIRB at CU Denver, is a very helpful IRB Orientation to reference.

Health Science Library - The MSA program has a librarian assigned for each of the 5 thematic areas who can help with professional grade searches for background sections of proposals and with systematic reviews. 

Projects Seeking Students - There are a number of longitudinal projects that seek students to take an active role.  This link will provide a brief project description as well as the contact information for either the mentor or a student working on the project.

Writing Center - The Writing Center is available to assist with your writing for your MSA proposals and with scholarly papers that may result from your MSA project.  The Writing Center is located in the HS library.

FAQ's about the MSA program 

Funding Opportunities for MSA projects 

Tips for finding and working with a mentor