Western’s first combined PhD

May 11, 2020

Jacqueline Kueper, MSC’17, did not intend to be a pioneer. But the more she thought about the possibilities, the more she realized becoming Western’s first combined PhD candidate made sense.

“I’m interested in what happens when we start to generate research questions, not from the point of view of one discipline, but from more than one,” she said. “I want to go one step deeper and contribute to both fields in new ways.

“There is value in having people who are bridges, who understand more than one field, who can help connect specialists in one sphere with ones in another.”

Currently, Kueper is pursuing a doctorate in Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Computer Science – the first Western student to study two different fields for one PhD.


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