Opportunities for Williams students

(A Few) Summer Research Opportunities in Statistics

The Williams Statistics faculty have collected some information about summer research opportunities in statistics, biostatistics, and related fields. Typical deadlines are provided below, but we recommend checking with individual programs for details each year. Feel free to reach out to the Stats faculty if you have questions about application processes or about choosing among summer research opportunities.

Internships with companies are another great option for summer experience, but we are not able to collate a list of summer internships since the opportunities vary so much year to year; we recommend checking on the typical job boards (LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Handshake) starting in early October.


Access in Athletics at Williams: 2024 Summer research, initial interests survey https://forms.gle/dfrNCtUAq4N5weu79

NSF REU: There are a few NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs that focus on statistics. Search here: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=5044.

Deadlines vary by program, but are typically between early February and mid-March.

CMU Statistics has a summer research program: https://www.stat.cmu.edu/summer/.

Deadline last year was late February, open to rising juniors and seniors at any U.S. institution.


SURP: Fred Hutchinson Research Center (Seattle, WA) has a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) that includes potential faculty advisors in biostatistics. Eligibility: summer after junior year. Deadline tends to be around January 1.


SeattleStatGrows: Fred Hutchinson Research Center (Seattle, WA) also has a newer (bio)stats summer research program, where students receive training in workshops and are paired with a biostat faculty mentor. Priority given to students from underrepresented backgrounds, no prerequisites necessary.  Deadline is February 4.


St Jude Biostat Research Program: At St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, TN). https://www.stjude.org/education-training/predoctoral-training/internships/biostatistics-internship.html. You will be matched with a Biostat faculty member. 2024 deadline is January 12.

Other Data Science-y Programs

Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS): a summer research experience for students of math and related disciplines.  Students work in teams on projects sponsored by industry.   The application process begins in November for the following summer. https://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/student-research-programs/

ICERM: The focus is on interdisciplinary projects that blend math and computing. How statistical the projects are can vary year to year. Summer 2024 theme is Mathematical Models to Predict, Prepare, and Prevent. Deadline is February 13 for 2024.