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Positions Open


The Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee invites applications for paid internships in biostatistics. We expect to have at least two positions for summer 2023.

Interns will work with one or more of our faculty members on a statistical project of mutual interest. The work is expected to lead to a tangible research product such as software package or methodological paper. Interested individuals must have strong programming skills in at least one language (eg. R, Python, Julia, C/C++, SAS), possess basic data analysis skills, and have a willingness to learn biomedical science. Applicants should possess a relevant (eg. statistics, mathematics, computer science) bachelor’s or master’s degree; undergraduate students must be rising juniors or seniors.

Most internships are 20-40 hours per week for 10 weeks, but total hours are negotiable. Internships may be paid or for credit at the student's home institution depending on institutional policies, student and faculty mentor preference.

Please send a cover letter with a resume/cv to In your cover letter please explain your training goals, research interests, statistical training, and computer programming experience. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We expect all applications for summer 2023 to be reviewed starting January 31st, 2023.

Since 2016, the division has hosted 11 interns. The most recent interns are below, or click here for our Internship Alumni page.

Internship Alumni Page
  • 2021 Nadeesha Thewarapperuma (PhD student, University of Kansas Medical Center; mentors: Xiaoyu Liang and Chi-Yang Chiu) performed an epigenome-wide association study for identifying oral and pharyngeal carcinoma-related CpGs by utilizing functional data analysis techniques. Winston Miller (MS student, University of Memphis; mentors Mehmet Kocak and Fridtjof Thomas) developed an R package bigBERD for generating automated biostatistic report templates. Ye Eun Bae (Phd student, Florida State University; mentor Saunak Sen) developed a statistical method for genetic analysis of allotetraploid species using data from switchgrass, a grass species native to North America used as biofuel. Zifan Yu (PhD student University of Washington; mentors: Saunak Sen and Tom Juenger of UT Austin) developed a fast computational algorithm in the Julia programming language for modeling large data matrices common in high-throughput biological experiments. 
  • 2022 Chenhao Zhao (Masters student, Dartmouth University; mentors Saunak Sen and Gregory Farage) worked on the Matrix Linear Model package for Julia (Matrix.M.jl). Mr. Zhao expanded the documentation, increased user friendliness and created a case study to showcase MLM's benefits. The case study investigated the association between Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients with type II diabetes and specific pathways and patient characteristics.

About Memphis

Memphis is a mid-sized city with a distinctive cultural identity, mild climate, and affordable cost of living. It is the home of blues music, Elvis Presley, and barbecue. It offers the amenities of city life (zoo, museums, concerts, parks, restaurants) in a laid-back environment. The UTHSC campus is about 5 minutes from downtown and the popular Midtown neighborhood; there are many affordable apartments nearby. Most desirable residential neighborhoods within the city and suburbs are less than 40 minutes away.

Sep 22, 2022