Colorado Summer Institute in Biostatistics

Department of Biostatistics & Informatics

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The Colorado Summer Institute in Biostatistics (CoSIBS) is an interdisciplinary training and research program that introduces undergraduate and early graduate students to the field of biostatistics. Biostatistics is the theory and application of statistics in biological systems and biomedical research. This program exposes students to diverse research in the medical and public health setting using a wide array of applications representative of the field of biostatistics. Students will interact and learn from our excellent faculty across multiple departments and campuses at the University of Colorado. 

CoSIBS is a Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS) program that is 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's an exciting time to develop 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.

Program dates: June 26-August 4, 2023
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CoSIBS application

The application requires a statement of interest and an unofficial transcript to be uploaded at the time of completion. Please also provide the name and email contact for a reference letter.

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from January through March. Final decisions will be made by April 30. 

Participants will be required to follow the COVID protocols and policies in place at both the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the CU Denver Campus. The most up-to-date protocols can be found on the CU Anschutz coronavirus website and the CU Denver coronavirus website.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Summer Fellowship for Undergraduates

The Center for Innovative Design and Analysis (CIDA) is pleased to offer two, 10-week fellowships (May 30-August 4, 2023). Students will spend four weeks on campus working alongside collaborative biostatisticians within CIDA and then participate in CoSIBS for the last six weeks. This fellowship is available for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds. Learn if you meet the criteria.

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.

— Emily Cooper, PhD Student

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