SeattleStatSummer for Biomedical Data Science Research Training

Undergraduate 8-Week Comprehensive Internship

SeattleStatSummer for Biomedical Data Science Research Training for undergraduates is an 8-week comprehensive summer internship experience in statistics and data science in biomedical research. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, this program provides a mentored research experience aimed at increasing awareness of and interest in pursuing careers in statistics and data science research.


The fields of statistics and data science are vibrant and indispensable; biomedical research is exciting for intellectually curious people and should be accessible to all who are interested and wish to contribute. Diversity brings innovation and creativity to science. This is why we want to engage and enable talented undergraduates from underrepresented communities to gain skills and opportunities in statistics and data science.

Well-qualified statistical researchers and data scientists are integral partners in biomedical research. Students with advanced training in statistics and data science are well positioned to provide essential customized analytic solutions to critical research problems.

Program Details

Our 8-week internship program will:

  • Educate through intensive training in R programming and statistical foundations in a weeklong introductory didactic program followed by ongoing reinforcement and support;
  • Engage with carefully crafted mentored projects;
  • Enable career development with workshops and a role-model program;
  • Endure by fostering community and belonging, with on-going connection and career support post-program.

Participant Eligibility

We will recruit students who:

  1. Are enrolled in an undergraduate program (2-year or 4-year program);
  2. Can commit to participating for the full 8 weeks;
  3. Can demonstrate an interest in biomedical research and biostatistics/data science.

Students who are from a population identified by the NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical sciences by ethnicity (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islanders) are especially encouraged to apply. 

Application Process

The application deadline is March 1, 2023.  For more information, contact

Our Team

Megan Othus, Ph.D.

Megan Othus, Ph.D.

Professor, Biostatistics and Biomathematics, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Jennifer Bobb, Ph.D.

Jennifer Bobb, Ph.D.

Associate Biostatistics Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Jeanne Chowning, Ph.D.

Jeanne Chowning, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Science Education, Fred Hutch

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions.

This program is funded in part by the National Library of Medicine award R25LM014210.