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Academic Update

Volume 9, Issue 10
June 24, 2019

Summer 2019 Scholarship Recipients

SBMI would like to congratulate our recent scholarship winners for summer 2019. We thank all students who applied, as well. These are the recipients:

  • Willerson Endowed Scholarship
    • Tavleen Singh: PhD Student
  • SBMI Scholarship Excellence
    • Sripriya Devarajan: MS Student
    • Kimberly D’Souza: MS Student
    • Trinh Le: MS Student
    • Harrington McDowelle: MS Student
    • Reena Ramachandran: MS Student
    • Alicia Segovia: MS Student
  • Lex Frieden Scholarship for Disability and Health Informatics
    • Danilo Pena: MS Student
  • Neuosoft Certificate Scholarship Fund
    • Baher Elgohari: Certificate Student
    • Garrett Hall: Certificate Student

SBMI Bragging Points

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accolades. We want to recognize them and applaud their accomplishments.

Baylor College of Medicine Health Equity Summer Research Summit 2019 - Dr. Angela Ross

  • Assistant Professor Angela Ross, DNP, MPH spoke at Baylor College of Medicine earlier this month during the Health Equity Summer Research Summit. Belinda Reininger, DrPH Regional Dean and Professor for the UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville Campus co-presented with Ross.
  • Professor Dean Sittig, PhD, Assistant Professor and Alumnus Deevakar Rogith, PhD and Adjunct Associate Professor Hardeep Singh, MD co-authored an article that was recently published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.
  • Fifty UTHealth students are volunteering to help Houston middle school children understand more about nutrition and improve their diets. Assistant Professor Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, PhD, MBA is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian who helps support the students.

If any SBMI alumni or current students want to announce a recent professional accomplishment in a future Academic Update, please share the details with Chelsea Overstreet via email at

TIGER Scholars Internship Program

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Scholars Program is an internship opportunity directed at masters and doctoral level students with the goal of mentoring and helping advance future healthcare leaders. Advance the spirit of TIGER as an interprofessional initiative by contributing to the development of the future interdisciplinary, informatics-focused healthcare workforce.

The TIGER Scholars Program is one academic year will provide opportunities for selected candidates to:

TIGER Scholars Internship Program
  • Enhance their knowledge of health informatics education and practice
  • Expand their professional network with the global HIMSS TIGER community
  • Develop mentoring relationships with professional informatics leaders
  • Participate as a member of the global health informatics community through conferences, webinars, meetings, and social media
  • Engage in activities that promote the informatics profession through education and advocacy
  • Learn about the services and opportunities offered through HIMSS and TIGER for continuing professional development, certification, and career advancement

Program Application & Selection Process

Interested candidates should submit electronic versions of all the following application package documents to the TIGER Scholars Selection Panel at

  • Completed application form with demographic and background information
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copies of all graduate coursework transcripts unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Preferably one from a faculty member or professional with informatics experience
  • A Letter of Intent addressing what the candidate hopes to gain through the experience as a “TIGER Scholar”

The internship is remote and includes a financial stipend plus a HIMSS Student Membership. TIGER Scholars will also serve as Program Assistants for the HIMSS Global Conference during the year of their active internship. The goal is to align the Scholars Program internship with the candidate’s courses/program to obtain class credits for participation. Program hours/commitment time and the amount of credit granted will vary based on the student’s academic program.

July 1 is the application deadline. If applicants have any questions, please contact Toria Shaw (, 312-915-9517).

HIMSS Student Survey

The HIMSS Students and Early Careerists Task Force has developed a survey with the intention of gaining insights regarding what students want from a professional association like HIMSS. We encourage all SBMI students to complete the survey as HIMSS will use the data to directly inform decisions regarding the immediate and continuing future of the resources and programs it provides.

The survey is available online and will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

SBMI Recruitment

Several SBMI faculty and staff members will be traveling in the coming months to attend conferences to promote our degree programs. We invite any prospective students or alumni in the area to visit us during these events.


  • Professor James Langabeer, PhD, MBA was interviewed for a Community Impact Newspaper story recently. He discussed the growing trend of medical offices being incorporated into retail and restaurant developments.
  • The Journal of Emergency Medical Services ran a feature story on the HEROES program, which is an opioid use prevention program created by James Langabeer, PhD, MBA.


Save the Date
Aug. 13 Summer 2019 Poster Session
SBMI’s Building Expansion (6th floor of UCT), 4 p.m.

Important Dates
July 4 Independence Day - University is closed
July 17 Fall 2019 registration opens in myUTH
July 19 PhD - Last day to defend dissertation
Aug. 9 PhD - Last day to defend proposal
Aug. 12 Last class day for summer 2019 semester
Aug. 13-14 Final exams & evaluations for summer 2019
Aug. 14 Electronic copy of state of the science/capstone or dissertations due to the Office of Academic
Aug. 26 First class day for fall 2019 semester

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