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Iowa: Summer Institute in Biostatistics Receives Three-year Grant

The Iowa Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (ISIREB) has received a $770,257 grant over three years from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Directed by Dr. Gideon Zamba, professor of biostatistics at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and principal investigator of the grant, the goal of ISIREB is to increase the number of undergraduates who enter graduate programs in biostatistics and to maintain a solid underrepresented pipeline into biostatistics graduate programs.

“We recruit a diverse group of 18 trainees each year with a focus on underrepresented, disadvantaged, and small liberal arts college students who wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to the field of biostatistics, for a seven-week research education program,” says Dr. Zamba.

The curriculum is a four-component model based on instruction, application, exposure, and research. The research education program is provided through case-based instruction of real biomedical study, consisting of classroom didactic courses; computer laboratory training; invited talk sessions; Skype sessions; shadowing sessions; and clinical and translational research enrichment.

Trainees interact with biostatisticians in academia, industry, and the pharmaceutical industry; biomedical researchers; biostatistics graduate students; biostatistics alumni; and others. Guidance on how to successfully prepare for a GRE, how to prepare a successful admission application, and how to apply to graduate schools is also provided.