Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Biomedical Informatics (SURI-BMI)

This program provides undergraduate students with a high quality, hands-on research experience with Biomedical Informatics faculty mentors; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field.

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The Vanderbilt Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI-DBMI) designed to provide undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds with a high quality Biomedical Informatics research experience; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field. Biomedical Informatics is the interdisciplinary science of acquiring, structuring, analyzing and providing access to biomedical data, information and knowledge. As an academic discipline, biomedical informatics is grounded in the principles of computer science, information science, cognitive science, social science, and engineering, as well as the clinical and basic biological sciences. Exceptional students from any of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Vanderbilt’s Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Biomedical Informatics will introduce students to the field through faculty-mentored projects that will allow each student to actively apply information technology to address health care challenges. These projects result in a final report and presentation. In addition, students will participate in a seminar series with lectures given by leading Biomedical Informatics researchers.

DBMI the largest academic department of Biomedical Informatics in the country, with more than 65 faculty members, a graduate training Internship, and a portfolio of research and development projects that spans from computational biology and bioinformatics applied to the understanding of biological molecules, through advanced clinical information systems that care for hundreds of thousands of patients at Vanderbilt, to collaborative regional and national research initiatives.

SURI-BMI students will also benefit by their association with the broader Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA): . The VSSA provides enrichment seminars that include guidance and preparation for entrance exams to graduate school that will help construct a strong foundation on which to build scientific careers. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the PhD Program in Biomedical Informatics and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) at Vanderbilt University. (