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January 15, 2010

SIBS Program: Summer research opportunity

The program below is one of the most established summer research programs for undergraduate students interested in statistics. It focuses on biostatistics, but much of what you learn would be relevant for other areas of statistical application. If you are interested in a career in statistics, or graduate school in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or survey research , we strongly encourage you to consider this program. Several UM undergraduates have done this program in the past and gave it high reviews.

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NIH Summer 2010 Opportunities for Quantitatively Oriented Undergraduate Students for Training in Biostatistics

Eight Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) are scheduled each summer. SIBS are open to all US undergraduates (citizens or permanent residents) and are sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources, the programs have been very successful, but space is limited! Any undergraduate majoring in science is welcome to apply and undergraduates from groups underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply. Math and biology majors are targeted. No specific training in statistics is required as a prerequisite..

All SIBS programs introduce undergraduate students to Biostatistics. Career and graduate opportunities in biostatistics will also be described as part of the program. There is a national shortage of biostatisticians and the programs are designed to help address the national shortage of biostatisticians.

Students learn about the applications of statistical methods to biomedical research through coursework and hands-on experience working with real data collected in major clinical and epidemiological studies. Each of the eight program sites has unique features, but they all have a well-conceived, balanced agenda and an outstanding staff of dedicated investigators and professors.

Participants receive college credit that may transfer back to home institutions. All costs are covered including tuition, housing, and all meals. Students may apply to more than one program, but should accept only one. Please visit the sites below for the dates in summer 2010 and online applications to individual programs.

Boston University

Emory University

University of Iowa

NC State University - Duke Clinical Research Institute

University of Pittsburgh

University of South Florida

Washington University - St. Louis

University of Wisconsin

Posted by kshedden at January 15, 2010 10:58 AM