Colorado Summer Institute in Biostatistics

Department of Biostatistics & Informatics

The Colorado Summer Institute in Biostatistics (CoSIBS) focuses on biostatistics in the medical and public health setting in a wide array of applications representative of the field of biostatistics. Biostatistics is the theory and application of statistics in biological systems and biomedical research.

The summer institute for research education in biostatistics is a program sponsored by a grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the NHLBI SIBS program is to introduce advanced undergraduate and early-stage graduate students to the field of biostatistics and the frontiers of data sciences. New technological advances have created exciting opportunities for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. New methods in biostatistics and data sciences are needed to realize the potential of these technological advances. It is an exciting time for the development of these methods and to guide their translation into clinical care. Data sciences are the cornerstone of the foundation for the next advances in biomedical research.

Application submissions for the summer of 2021 are closed at this time. Thank you for your interest and check back in December for the summer 2022 application cycle.

Update: The 2021 CoSIBS program

Given that planning for CoSIBS begins early in the year and there is still so much uncertainty about what constraints might be in place for summer 2021, we have made the difficult decision to offer CoSIBS virtually this year. Although we recognize that a virtual CoSIBS is not the same as an in-person summer experience, we also acknowledge that this format can offer additional opportunities. We are still in the planning stages and don’t quite yet know all the details for the program schedule and content. However, we are dedicated to continuing the mission of this program, to introduce students to the field of biostatistics and to encourage students to pursue this area of study. We are accepting applications at this time and plan offer the following benefits to participants regardless of the format:
  • Research experience on a collaborative project
  • Students will work with both clinical and Biostats faculty on a research question
  • Access to a range of faculty and students in Biostatistics, a chance to hear about why they chose their field and about their particular research areas
  • Introduction to biostatistical concepts and methods and to performing analyses in the R programming language
  • Guidance on selecting and applying for graduate school
Please contact us with any questions and continue to check here for updates on CoSIBS 2021. We would also love to hear from you about your thoughts and ideas that can be incorporated as we continue to plan

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CoSIBS allowed me to gain hands-on experience in biostatistics, a field not widely represented at my undergraduate university. Through CoSIBS, I was able to find a post-graduate field I am passionate about and, ultimately, identify potential future careers," explained Emily Cooper, a PhD Student.

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