Thank you to the 1,100+ people who joined us for the 2022 Summer Institutes!

This year’s event drew representatives from 44 countries, 48 U.S. states/territories, and more than 375 universities, research centers, government agencies, corporations, and other organizations.

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Since 1996, the Summer Institutes have trained thousands of students and researchers in graduate-level statistical methods, techniques and analyses.

Courses have four areas of focus:

A major goal of Summer Institutes is to strengthen the technical proficiency and career preparation of scholars from all backgrounds, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in STEM such as racial and ethnic minority groups, low income, first generation college students, veterans, and differently abled and 2SLGBTQ groups.


Participant Information

Already registered? Skip to important information about course material format and delivery, potential course changes, and more. 

UPDATE ON SLACK MESSAGE & FILE RETENTION: Starting September 2, 2022, Slack will automatically delete messages and files older than 90 days. This applies to the entire Slack workspace, not each module channel.

Attendees range from graduate students/postdocs to senior level scientists, and represent researchers from dozens of fields including genetics, biomedical research, biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, infectious diseases, data science, biology, veterinary medicine, anthropology, agronomy, and many others.

To register, add courses to your list through the All Courses menu or individual institute pages then navigate to MY LIST in the upper right to edit courses, select pricing, and begin checkout. For more details, scroll down to General Information.

General Info & FAQ

The Summer Institute Directors

Bruce Weir
Director, Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG)
M. Elizabeth Halloran
Director, Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)
Ali Shojaie
Director, Summer Institute for Statistics in Big Data (SISBID)
Kathleen Kerr
Director, Summer Institute in Statistics for Clinical & Epidemiological Research (SISCER)

General Information

Course Schedule


The live session time frame for SISG, SISMID, and SISBID is outlined below. A few weeks prior to the start of a course, instructors will post a more precise schedule that outlines specific times for live lectures, group exercises, office hours, breaks, etc.). 

If the times listed on the course cards and module description page do not match those below, please check the date/time settings on your browser/computer or try a different browser (we recommend Chrome). These cards and module pages translate dates/times based on user settings.

  • Mondays: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific (11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • Tuesdays: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific (11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • Wednesdays:
    • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Pacific for courses that end on Wednesday (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Eastern)
    • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Pacific for courses that start on Wednesday (2:30-5:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific (11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern)
  • Fridays, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific (11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern)


Live sessions for SISCER occur 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pacific (11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern), except for Module 2: Small Area Estimation (8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m. Pacific on July 11) and Module 5: Analyzing Data from Complex Surveys (1-4:30 p.m. on July 12 and July 13).

Course Format

All 2022 Summer Institutes courses will be held online. Live sessions will be conducted via Zoom. In addition, each module will use a Slack channel where instructors may post messages, links, answers to participant questions, etc. Additional course information and materials will be available through the registrant dashboard prior to the start of the course.

Concurrent Courses

Registrants may not participate in concurrent modules for SISG, SISBID or SISMID (i.e., participants may take only one course per session). However, participants are allowed to take SISCER courses concurrent with other modules.

Recorded Sessions

Live-stream lecture sessions will be recorded and available to module participants through October 1, 2022. Group breakout sessions will not be recorded. Recordings may be viewed but not necessarily downloaded. The decision to allow downloads is up to individual instructors who own the course content (i.e., content is their intellectual property).


Summer Institutes courses are open to everyone. Requirements and prerequisites are outlined in the module descriptions so participants can gauge the knowledge base needed for the course (note past course materials may be available in the Summer Institutes Archives, which will provide insight as well).


To register:

  • Review courses through the All Courses page or individual institute pages (e.g., SISG, SISMID, SISBID, SISCER). Navigate to the course description by clicking the title of the course.
  • Add courses to My List
  • After you have selected your courses, click My List in the upper right
  • Select pricing. If pricing does not reflect the early rate (listed on each institute page), check the date/time on your computer and.or browser, close/re-open your browser, or try a different browser.
  • Click CHECKOUT WITH THESE COURSES (any date conflicts will need to be resolved before this box appears)
  • A Registration Summary will appear for you to review, then continue
  • You will be taken to a page where you can either log in or create an account, then to a demographics page (optional), and finally, an order review page where you may submit payment method and/or scholarship award codes. Payment methods include credit card (Mastercard or Visa), Pay by Invoice-Check, Pay by Invoice-Wire Transfer (international only, additional $25 fee), or University of Washington budget number. If you selected a Pay by Invoice option, the invoice may be downloaded through your account dashboard after you have completed your order.
  • Questions? Email uwbiost@uw.edu

Payment may be made via VISA, Mastercard, invoice, or wire transfer (there is an additional fee for wire transfer payments). American Express payments cannot be accommodated at this time. Registrants are not confirmed for a course until payment has been received and/or fully processed.

Module registration closes seven days prior to the start of a module, and only credit card payments will be accepted for orders placed 7-14 days prior to the start of a module.

If you have applied for a scholarship, please do not register in advance for modules that you requested in your application. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a unique code to use to register for those modules.

Group Registrations

Institutions and organizations that wish to make a single payment for registration fees for a group of people must contact Scott Sipes, dssipes@uw.edu, to arrange payment. Each person in a group must register individually and each registration must use the same identical, case sensitive, billing address for their registration.


Invoices and receipts are available through the registrant dashboard by logging in, navigating to the order, and clicking the “Printable Invoice” tab. If a customized invoice is required (e.g., PO numbers, address adjustments), please contact uwbiost@uw.edu.

Refund Policy

Canceling a credit card payment, including changing payment from credit card to invoice or UW budget number, will result in the following cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations made on or before June 15 will be subject to a $70 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made June 18 to June 30 will be subject to a $100 processing fee.
  • No refunds will be processed after June 30.

Course Credit

Summer Institutes modules are training courses, not university academic classes. Attendees are not required to register as university students and no university credit is awarded. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Participant Information

Course Materials

Registrants with completed orders may access course materials by logging in to your dashboard and clicking the Course Materials icon next to each module. This will take you to the module description page where materials and/or links will listed under Course Assets. If nothing appears under assets, it means the instructors have not yet uploaded information.

Some instructors have already posted preliminary schedules; others may not upload materials until a few days prior to the course. Note some courses may include prerecorded information for participants to view prior to the start of the course.

If you have questions about your order or experience difficulties logging in, please contact Deb Nelson at nelsod6@uw.edu.

Course Format

Zoom Video Platform and Recordings

Links for Zoom sessions will be included in the course materials and/or posted to the module Slack channel. You do not need to have a Zoom account in order to attend a live session.

For the best educational experience, we highly recommend that you use a computer to participate in the Summer Institutes, with a tablet as a second choice, and smartphone as the third. Some past participants have found it useful to use two devices (e.g., one for lecture slides and another to view a dataset and exercise).

Instructors will record live lecture sessions and share recording links or files to the module page or Slack channel at the end of each day. Zoom breakout rooms will not be recorded.

Zoom recordings will be available to respective module registrants until October 1, 2022. Recordings may be viewed but not necessarily downloaded. The decision whether to allow downloading is up to individual instructors who own the course content.


UPDATE ON SLACK MESSAGE & FILE RETENTION: Starting September 2, 2022, Slack will automatically delete messages and files older than 90 days. This applies to the entire Slack workspace, not each module channel.


Each module will use a Slack channel where instructors will post messages, links, resources, etc., and where participants can ask questions.

We will upload registrants to Slack channels approximately seven days prior to the start of a course. An email invitation to join Slack will be sent to the email address listed on your registration (see Slack information on how to accept the invitation and get started).

If you do not receive a Slack invitation, please check your spam and junk folders as well as your network settings (employer and institutional firewalls sometimes block invitations).

If you are registered for a module but don’t see it on your Slack dashboard, navigate to Add channel then select Browse channels to see if you find the module. Note each institute has its own Slack workspace so if, for example, you registered for both a SISG and a SISBID module, you will need to sign into the SISG Slack workspace for the SISG module and the SISBID Slack workspace for the SISBID module.

If you have problems accessing Slack, please contact Deb Nelson, nelsod6@uw.edu.

Slack channels will be available to respective module registrants until October 1, 2022.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of completion for each module can be downloaded from your dashboard shortly after you complete the online evaluation. Immediately after a module concludes, an evaluation for that module will appear on your dashboard. After you complete the last module in an institute, the evaluation will include evaluation questions for both the module and the overall institute (i.e., proceed through both sets of questions to generate the final certificate of completion).

Certificates are generated through the registration system and, occasionally, names and module titles lose their formatting. If this happens, please email nelsod6@uw.edu and we will get you a corrected copy

Module Changes

Module change requests must be made at least seven business days prior to the start of a module. Change requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will depend on space availability and other criteria. If you wish to change modules, please submit a change request to uwbiost@uw.edu. Include your name, order number, module(s) you wish to drop, and module(s) you wish to add.


Hearing from leading researchers about current methods being developed for statistical analysis of big data was so valuable. It was really nice to update my knowledge of unsupervised and supervised methods.—2021 SISMID Participant