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The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) see bioengineering and bioinformatics as essential fields that underpin many other areas of science and technology in the 21st century. To increase the number of young people considering careers in bioengineering and bioinformatics at the graduate level and beyond, the two agencies have established the Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Program. The aim of this program is to provide students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education experiences. 

The Summer Institutes are open to junior/senior undergraduates and, in most cases, first-year graduate students from the host university or other institution. They consist of summer programs across one or, in some cases, two summers. They combine for-credit coursework and research seminars with hands-on research mentored by leading faculty in the field. Students are paid a stipend. 

NIBIB and NSF are interested in having the Summer Institutes reach broadly into the national student talent pool as they seek to attract a diverse group of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to careers in bioengineering or bioinformatics, with special emphasis on ensuring the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in the program.

BBSIs have been established at the thirteen universities listed below. See their websites for application information.

Southern California Bioinformatics Summer Institute
California State University at Los Angeles 

NIH-NSF Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute in Biomaterials Science and Engineering
Clemson University 

NIH-NSF BBSI Summer Institute in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Iowa State University 

Biomedical Optics Summer Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Bioinformatics Summer Institute
University of Minnesota 

Summer Institute in Bioengineering and Health Informatics
Oakland University 

Summer Institute in EcoInformatics
Oregon State University

BioMEMS Summer Bioengineering Institute
New Jersey Institute of Technology 

Biomaterials and Bionanotechnology Summer Institute
Penn State University 

Vascular Bioengineering Summer Institute
Texas A&M University 

Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute in Computational Biology
University of Pittsburgh (lead) 

VCU Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Summer Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University

Summer Institute for Quantitative and Integrative Bioengineering (SIQIB)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

For further information about the BBSI Program, at NIH/NIBIB contact Dr. Richard Baird and at NSF contact Dr. Sohi Rastegar or Ms. Mary Poats
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