How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 program, which runs from June 5 to July 14. Applications for the 2018 SIBS program will become available in late December 2017.

Current undergraduate students and recent graduates majoring in mathematics, science or other quantitatively oriented areas of study are eligible. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

There are no tuition costs associated with participation in the Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics. Housing, meals, and extracurricular activities are covered.

Application Process

Applications for SIBS are reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority is given to applications received before March 6th.

A complete application must include the following:

  1. Application form: may be submitted online or in hard copy
  2. A brief personal statement of interest (included in application form)
  3. Current official college transcripts. We are happy to accept electronic official transcripts if your university offers them; these should be sent to
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Please instruct your recommenders to submit the letters by email to Please note: Emailed letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the person writing the recommendation; they may not be sent from the applicant’s email account. Letters of recommendation submitted by mail should be in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the person who wrote the recommendation.

Hard-copy official transcripts and any other documents submitted in hard copy may be mailed to:

The Boston University Summer Institute in Biostatistics
c/o Anita DeStefano
Boston University School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
Crosstown Center
801 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118