Biomedical Data Science

Summer Research Program

Program Overview

The NIH BD2K Summer UP is a summer research program for CSUMB students at the​ ​Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics at UC Santa Cruz. The center works to help the biomedical community use genomic information to better understand human health and disease. Visiting CSUMB students will spend the summer working side-by-side with UCSC scientists and data specialists, learning research skills to manage and interpret genomic data. Students will participate in professional development, on-campus activities, and seminars throughout the summer in addition to gaining valuable research experience.

The Summer Research Program portion of the BD2K program ended August 2020.

What makes the BD2K program more special than other REU or summer research programs?

There are a lot of reasons why the BD2K program is special. Click the button to find out why:

Why YOU should apply to BD2K


Spring break workshop series

  • Data carpentry
  • Genomics
  • Genome browser

UCSC campus visit


8 weeks of  research with UCSC scientists, data analysts, & programmers

Developing research skills in genomics & data science

Preparing for success in STEM research careers

  • Spring break workshop series: March 30-April 3, 2020
  • 8-week summer program: June 22 - August 14, 2020
  • Stipend, travel, and housing support are covered by the program.
  • Professional development and conference travel


  • This program targets junior-level (rising senior) CSUMB students or students with 1 year remaining in their undergraduate education.
  • Students from any major may apply, but should, at minimum, have completed a course in introductory statistics and some programming experience.


  • Applications accepted from December 1, 2019 - February 3, 2020
  • Application details

More Program Information

Check out UCSC BD2K Summer UP web page for more details!