Program Requirements & Support


Applicants to the Big Data Summer Institute in Biostatistics, a SIBS program funded by NHLBI, must:

  • Be undergraduates at an accredited school or university
  • Have an interest in scientific research
  • Have some background knowledge of computing/programming and an introduction to the theory of probability, calculus and linear algebra; prerequisites are flexible
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident

For all applicants not meeting these four criteria for the SIBS program funding, there is a limited amount of slots funded by the Trehan Foundation and Rackham Graduate School. International students may apply for these slots.

Additional Requirement for 2022 Program

  • Program participants will be required to follow guidelines similar to those in the U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Proof of vaccination will be required from all participants prior to the start of the program.


2021 Support Details

Support packages for SIBS participants, funded by NHLBI, include:

  • $400 meal plan allowance
  • $1,200 stipend
  • Course credit*

All participants will attend the same program and activities, regardless of funding source and level of support.

Interaction with Faculty and Graduate Students

Participants have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of stellar faculty at the University of Michigan through available leactures and interaction with research project leaders. Graduate student research assistants also provide guidance with the projects.

Distinct From Other Summer Programs

There are numerous other summer programs in STEM fields available for undergraduates. The Big Data Summer Institute in Biostatistics is quite unique. Our student will gain hands-on research experience in the intersection of big data and human health.

* Scholars should check with their home institution as to whether or not these credits are transferable.