Summer Short-Term Trainee Program

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is pleased to offer short-term training opportunities during the summer of 2019 to appropriately qualified undergraduate, graduate, or medical students from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.  These groups include:

- Individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups: Black or African-American, Native Americans and Alaskan Indians, Hispanic, Hawaiian Native or Pacific Islander, or from groups determined to be underrepresented by the institution;

- Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;

- Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds may come from (1) a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds, or (2) a socio-cultural environment (such as found in some rural or inner-city areas) that inhibited their ability to obtain knowledge skills and abilities for a research career. The latter case applies only to high school or undergraduate students;

- Women, who are under-represented in the fields of biomedical informatics and data sciences.

Students may be enrolled at ANY institution in the Pittsburgh area (e.g., Pitt, CMU, Chatham, etc). Possible academic backgrounds that we will consider include (but are not limited to): the health sciences, computer science, linguistics, human-computer interaction, engineering, or psychology. The goals of this training opportunity are to permit individuals who have a nascent interest in informatics to gain research experience and to encourage minorities to consider informatics as a career field.

Are you a student who is interested in learning about how technology can improve science and medicine? If so, you may want to explore the field of Biomedical Informatics this summer. From analyzing the human genome to tracking medical information in Electronic Health Records, from creating new ways of educating medical students to detecting outbreaks of diseases, the field of Biomedical Informatics is transforming health care and scientific discovery.

We envision that a student will work closely with a single faculty member on a project that can be completed during the summer. The nature of this project would depend on the skill set and interest of the student. Also, the student would have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with other faculty members to learn about their research areas. More information about the research activities in the Department of Biomedical Informatics is available at: http://www.dbmi.pitt.edu/research_interests

The length of the training period is up to 12 weeks.  A stipend of $5,961 is available (12 weeks).

To apply, please complete the application listed at https://apply-intern.dbmi.pitt.edu.  Upload a copy of your transcript, CV/resume, and a statement describing your background and your interest in this training opportunity.  You will need to list at least two recommenders.  The Department expects that after acceptance, each student will develop and refine a summer project idea through discussions with his or her faculty mentor.

The due date for applications is February 1, 2019.

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