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Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS)


 Summer 2015 – Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS)

Application opens Dec. 1, 2014 for the MN-SIBS summer 2015 program. Applications due March 6, 2015.

The University of Minnesota’s Summer Institute in Biostatistics (MN-SIBS) is a six-week, all expenses paid, biostatistics immersion program for undergraduates who have an interest in mathematics, statistics, computing, science or public health research.

The upcoming MN-SIBS summer program is scheduled for Monday June 15, 2015 to Friday July 24, 2015 and is located on the East Bank of The University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Minneapolis is known as “The City of Lakes” with 22 lakes within the city limits.  Celebrated for its beautiful chain of lakes, the city also boasts a thriving downtown, strong arts community complete with an outstanding theater district.   If that is not enough, Minneapolis is considered one of the top-notch medical device and life-sciences research centers of the world.

Our full-time six week program will provide you with a foundation in biostatistics, epidemiology and statistical computing for which you will receive 4 semester credits. The MN-SIBS summer 2015 agenda includes field trips to organizations that hire biostatisticians such as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, numerous seminars by scientists working on major heart and lung projects, and directed personal advice on applying to graduate school.

Travel, housing, tuition, meals and extracurricular activity costs are all covered by the program!

UMN SIBS – Apply Here

About SIBS


The University of Minnesota SIBS program is funded by two Institutes within the National Institutes of Health: the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Application opens December 1, 2014 for the MN-SIBS summer 2015 program.
Application deadline is March 6, 2015.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be received until all 25 openings have been filled.

We will give priority to the following students:

  • Undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years
  • Underrepresented and disadvantaged students and students with disabilities
  • Students with convincing personal statements of interest

Program Schedule

Six weeks of class and computer laboratory work beginning June 15, 2015 to Friday July 24, 2015.

SIBS core faculty are:

  • James Neaton
  • Susan Telke
  • John Connett
  • Greg Grandits
  • Russell Luepker
  • Cavan Reilly
  • Ann Brearley

More Details

See the MN-SIBS flyer for Summer 2015.

See National Institutes of Health SIBS websites and general SIBS flyer from other schools.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be undergraduates at an accredited school or university with an interest in scientific research.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester of calculus (regardless of academic major).


There are no fees or tuition costs associated with participation in the program. Travel costs to and from Minnesota (up to $800), housing and meals will be covered. In addition, you’ll receive four semester credits from the University of Minnesota for your participation in the course.


Each day you will learn from core faculty who will provide you with a foundation in biostatistical methods and computing. Additionally, you will have multiple opportunities to interact with a variety of prominent scientists working on heart and lung research studies.

To apply for the University of Minnesota’s Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS), please follow these steps:

  • Complete and submit the UMN SIBS registration option below.
  • Request two letters of recommendation from your stated references to be mailed to us.

UMN SIBS – Apply Here

Mailing Address:
Megan Schlick
SIBS Program Coordinator
Division of Biostatistics
A460 Mayo Building, MMC 303
420 Delaware Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Need more information? Email Megan Schlick at

Biostatisticians design, implement and analyze studies in medicine and public health in collaboration with other scientists.

There is a national shortage of biostatisticians, resulting in many career opportunities. According to the Amstat News 2012 salary survey, the median starting salary for master’s level academic biostatisticians is $63,200; and $99,300 for PhD-level, academic non-faculty. Salaries in non-academic settings are higher.

Biostatistics Contact

SIBS Coordinator
Megan Schlick
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