Irvine Summer Institute in Biostatistics and Undergraduate Data Science
(July 11 - August 18, 2022)
ISI-BUDS is a six-week summer program introducing undergraduate students to the modern methodology and practice of biostatistics and data science. The program will highlight applications in cutting-edge biomedical research, will train students in the fundamentals of biostatistics, data science, and computing, and will culminate in a team project co-supervised by statisticians and biomedical scientists.
Support: there are no costs or fees associated with the program. Moreover, accepted participants will be provided with
- up to $500 to cover travel expenses
- free housing that includes a meal plan (local students who do not need housing will receive a $2,500 stipend)
- $600 stipend for incidental expenses
Application: check your eligibility and apply here. We strongly encourage applications from students from historically excluded groups.
Funding: ISI-BUDS is supported by the National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25AI170491, as one of the Summer Institutes in Biostatistics (SIBS) and Data Science. To learn about other SIBS visit the program webpage.
Applications due - May 1
Results announced - May 15
ISI-BUDS dates - July 11 - Aug 18
Cutting-Edge Biomedical Research
Offered through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), ISI-BUDS will highlight applications in cutting-edge biomedical research while training students in the fundamentals of biostatistics, data science, and computing. Students will learn, among other things, how to design and analyze clinical trials; model infectious disease dynamics; and analyze big data in genomics, transcriptomics, and imaging. The program will conclude with a team project, and students will present their work at a mini-symposium with keynote lectures and a poster session.
“The goal is to excite mathematically inclined students about careers in biostatistics and biomedical data science,” says Statistics Professor Vladimir Minin, who is co-directing the program with ICS colleagues Dan Gillen, Babak Shahbaba, and Mine Dogucu. “We will offer a combination of classes, teaching statistics and data science as well as offering career mentorship and preparedness, which is why we end with a short research project mentored by a statistician and a biomedical or clinical scientist.”
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
ISI-BUDS will leverage existing UCI programs (such as CAMP) and infrastructure to improve diversity and inclusion in biostatistics and in the biomedical data sciences profession. “We want to attract a diverse population of students to this program, including from historically excluded groups,” says Mini. “We plan to host a small boot camp a few days before the institute starts to ensure students are well prepared for the institute activities when they come.”
If you are interested in joining the cohort of approximately 20 students who will participate in this summer 2022 program, running from July 11 through Aug. 18, submit your application by May 1, 2022. Results will be announced May 15.