Cyber-HealthGIS – Multidisciplinary Research Experiences in Spatial Dynamics of Health – For Undergraduates

This is a great opportunity for undergraduates which will be available for the next 3 summers. Applications are due by March 25. Please review the details below including the application process. Although previous coursework in geography, GIS, computer science, health, and/or related disciplines is highly desirable, it is not required. They also encourage students with skill sets in GIS, GPS, programming, and/or quantitative data analysis to apply.

Cyber-HealthGIS – Multidisciplinary Research Experiences in Spatial Dynamics of Health – For Undergraduates

We are pleased to announce that the National Science Foundation has funded an interdisciplinary REU Site: “Cyber-HealthGIS – Multidisciplinary Research Experiences in Spatial Dynamics of Health” at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX for the 2016 – 2018 summers.

http://cyberhealthgis.tamu.edu

This 10 week program invites undergraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in pursuing research at the intersections of technology, geospatial analysis, mapping & visualization, and human health and well-being.

The program seeks to bring together 10 undergraduate students for each of the next three summers, with 1/3 coming from Geography & GIS, 1/3 from Computer Science & Engineering, and 1/3 from Public Health and Pre-Med programs. Students from allied STEM disciplines with interests that match the program are invited to apply as well. All you need is a passion for geography, technology, and/or health!

Students will be placed into interdisciplinary teams to investigate research topics which include:

  • Web and Mobile GIS Programming and Mapping for In Situ Data Collection and Analysis
  • HPC and Supercomputing for Disease Transmission Modelling
  • Social Media Analysis for Leading-Edge Outbreak Detection
  • Volunteered Geographic Information for Food Desert Identification
  • BIG Data for Spatially-Enabled Individual & Public Health Investigations

In addition, this program will bring together leading faculty in these and other research areas  (one during each of the 10 weeks) to provide mentoring and guidance to students as they develop and execute their interdisciplinary team-based research projects.

Participating students will be provided with funding for a stipend/salary for the whole summer, funding for housing and meals during summer-long program, and funding for transportation to and from College Station TX. College freshman, sophomores, and juniors as well those who will be graduating in December of 2016 are welcome to apply.

Please see our website for complete details about the program and the application process: http://cyberhealthgis.tamu.edu

The application deadline for priority review is March 25, 2016 so please apply as soon as you can!!

We are particularly seeking to recruit members of underrepresented groups in science which include but are not limited to women, persons of color or other minority groups, veterans, persons with disabilities, as well as those from two- and four-year College and Universities that do not provide students with opportunities to engage in undergraduate research.

Please help us make this program a success by distributing information about this opportunity to undergraduate students at your institutions and on your social networks!

Program information: http://cyberhealthgis.tamu.edu

The Application Process

The application process for the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU Site is based on a highly competitive, nationwide search of talented undergraduate students. Previous coursework in geography, GIS, computer science, health, and/or related disciplines is highly desirable, but not required. We also encourage students with skill sets in GIS, GPS, programming, and/or quantitative data analysis. There is no minimum GPA requirement, but preference will be given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and who demonstrate significant potential for succeeding in a collaborative inter-disciplinary research experience. No previous research experience is required, just an interest in getting involved!

Targeted Disciplines

The TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU seeks to build a multi-disciplinary community of students from geography and GIS, computer science, health, and related disciplines. Those from the list of disciplines below will likely find this program most appealing, though we welcome applications from students across any and all relevant disciplines:

  • Geography & Spatial Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electircal Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Pre-Med
  • Environmental Programs
  • Sociology
  • Planning
  • Biology
  • Other STEM-infused disciplines

Application Details

A complete application, includes: 1) an application form through the Texas A&M Web-Based Application, 2) submission of a personal statement (limited to 3 double-spaced pages) and unofficial transcripts submitted through the application form, and 3) submission of 1 reference letter from a faculty, employer, or mentor to daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu. The reference letter should be sent directly by the writer of the letter, not the REU student applicant.

Applications materials should be addressed to Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg (REU Principal Investigator). Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Potential candidates may be contacted for a follow-up Skype interview within one month of the priority application deadline.

Importance of the Personal Statement

The personal statement is the most important component of a student’s application, so please give it some significant time and thought. The Personal Statement (limited to 3 double-spaced pages) should include: 1) a description of your interest in research, including how your participation in an interdisciplinary geography/health/computing research project might fit into these interests; 2) an explanation of how you think technology and geography can address health issues in the US and worldwide; and 3) a discussion of your potential post-graduation plans.

The best personal statements will have a strong personal voice and demonstrate how your coursework and/or real-world experiences have prepared you for success in a research-based REU program. When we read your statement we want to hear your passion about geographic, computing, or health research and how you think you research can make an impact to improve health and well-being. Please be sure to proofread your statement and consider having a faculty member at your home university/college provide you with helpful feedback prior to submission.

Decision Timeline

Within one month of the priority application deadline, the PI and Co-PI will contact a short-list of applicants for Skype interviews. We will choose a cohort of at least 10 students for the REU, and create a ranked alternate list of 4 additional students.

If you have any questions about the TAMU CyberHealthGIS REU Site application process, please contact Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg at daniel.goldberg@tamu.edu or by phone at 979-862-3551.

 

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