Biomedical Data Science Workshop

November 20-21, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Biomedical Data Science Workshop is a two day event for underrepresented undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctorate researchers from the US and its territories. Women, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are considered underrepresented populations in Biomedical Data Science. We are also in the process of securing funding for other students such as domestic and international students with a special interest in Biomedical Data Science in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses computer science, statistics, machine learning, and data mining to extract meaningful information from big data sets. Our society is saturated with large amounts of data coming from the daily monitoring of events such as phone calls, internet activity, purchases, traffic patterns, utility usage, and online socializing to name a few. The need for expertise in the field of data science is high and the lack of women and underrepresented minorities in this computing field is being viewed as a potential source of talent to fill in the gap.

Biomedical Data Science is focused on interdisciplinary computational research in fields such as Biology, Neuroscience, Medicine, and Health where data sets have grown so large that they require the collaboration among experts in many fields to analyze them efficiently. Our goal with the workshop is to educate students about Biomedical Data Science Research as a career, its challenges, and the need for developing collaborative, interdisciplinary, and diverse teams with strong interpersonal skills to create the innovative solutions to be successful. The agenda allows for participation of attendees in the Symposium of Health Informatics in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Hacking Medicine in the Caribbean hackathon (, poster sessions, and a speed mentoring session to maximize their networking opportunities.

Sponsored by:

Patricia Ordóñez
Tyrone Grandison
Aury Curbelo

How to Apply:
Students and post-doctoral researchers must submit the following by Friday, September 4, 2015:

  1. 300 word statement on how and why attending the event would be beneficial to their career
  2. CV no more than 2 pages
  3. Most recent transcript
  4. One faculty recommendation no more than 2 pages

To apply, please click here.

Applicants will be notified by September 19, 2015 of their acceptance into the workshop.