Rodica Monica Ciurea
M.S. in Biostatistics
"If I had an unlimited amount of money to spend freely on a problem existing in STEM, I would focus my funds on mitigating the exclusionary byproduct of scientific development in its current state in favor of more widespread access to such breakthroughs."
Rodica Monica Ciurea is originally from Slatina, Romania. She received her undergraduate degree in International Business and Economics as well as a graduate degree in Geopolitics and International Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania. Here at Georgetown University, Rodica is studying towards a Master's in Biostatistics.
Why did you choose Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University?
There are several reasons why I chose to pursue a biomedical graduate education at Georgetown. Among these, some of the most important elements are the university’s status as one of the world’s leading academic institutions, the values it promotes and its proximity and connections to many great public health research centers. In addition to this, the campus location and aesthetic of the entire Georgetown area – particularly in the fall and spring - really provide an intellectual stimulus for me.
As a DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic scholarship recipient, you were selected because your application "demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters' level." What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?
My greatest hope is to develop a thorough, nuanced understanding of biostatistics, both in terms of its practical applications but also at a more abstract level, to be able to navigate the complex philosophy underlying the field. The ultimate goal of my education is to use what I’ve learned in the service of public health work in cancer epidemiology. Cancer is such a bewilderingly complex phenomenon in terms of its causes that in order for me to make any contribution towards untangling its vast web of ramifications, I will have to immerse myself in biostatistics, as the discipline can uniquely equip one to appreciate the interweaving dynamics and variables associate with cancer epidemiology.
What is the best kept secret about the DMV area?
I am not sure if there is such a thing as a best kept secret since I still have a lot of exploring to
do, both within D.C. as well as within the greater DMV area. However, what I really enjoy is the
beauty of the city during the fall season. The combination of Neoclassical and Gothic
architectural styles, the hills, the trees and that typical autumnal smokiness in the air make for
really inspiring and pleasant walks.