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VBISP: Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Summer Program

The Vanderbilt Biomedical Informatics Summer Program is designed to provide 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. Applications to the Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Informatics must be submitted through our web site; please follow this link to begin the process.

Our program introduces 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.

Our department is the largest academic department of Biomedical Informatics in the country, with more than 65 faculty members 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.

Funding and Eligibility

Please click here to see available funding opportunities and eligibility criteria.


Kim Unertl, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies

Jessica Ancker, Ph.D.
Vice-Chair of Education

Rischelle Jenkins
Program Coordinator
Email: Rischelle.Jenkins@Vanderbilt.Edu
Phone: (615) 936-1068