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.

Update: The 2020 CoSIBS program

Unfortunately the SIBS programs for summer 2020 have been cancelled. This is a decision all SIBS sites reached together, as each of the campuses face shut-downs or reduced operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We do still hope that you will participate in SIBS in the future. As such, we hope that you will want to be considered for our 2021 CoSIBS summer program. Please check this website in December 2020 for more information about CoSIBS 2021. 

The SIBS programs and the NIH are very sorry that the SIBS programs are cancelled  this year. Best of luck for the rest of the semester and stay healthy! If you have any questions, please contact us at

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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