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Michigan: Receives NHLBI Grant to Continue Big Data Summer Institute

The University of Michigan School of Public Health’s Big Data Summer Institute has received a three-year Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS) grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Launched in 2014, the six-week interdisciplinary training and research program run by the Department of Biostatistics introduces undergraduate students to the intersection of big data and human health.

“Biostatistics is a rapidly growing field that uses quantitative analysis to help solve scientific problems and improve people’s lives,” said Dr. Bhramar Mukherjee, John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor and chair of biostatistics at University of Michigan School of Public Health. “This grant allows us to continue to offer this unique program free of charge to a diverse group of undergraduate students from across the country and world who are interested in big data and biostatistics.”

The program has trained 164 undergraduate students in the last four years and a cohort of 40 are about to join this summer.

Drawing from the expertise and experience of faculty of several departments at the University of Michigan — including Biostatistics, Statistics, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science — the institute exposes undergraduate students to interdisciplinary  experiences and data science techniques that distinguish it from other undergraduate summer programs in biostatistics.

Primary investigators for the project are Drs. Mukherjee, Sebastian Zollner, Jian Kang, Matt Zawistowski, Jenna Wiens, and Johann Gagnon Bartsch.

The next Big Data Summer Institute will run from June 17 to July 26, 2019.