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Academic Update

Volume 10, Issue 3
November 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from SBMI

The Office of Academic Affairs would like to wish everyone in the SBMI Community a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday with family, friends, and loved ones. Enjoy the cherished time as you reflect on that many reasons you are thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

SBMI offices will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29 for the holiday. Regular business hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

SBMI Bragging Points

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

  • Alumnus Kendall Kiser is SBMI’s first Dual MD/MS graduate. He is still studying at McGovern and was recently awarded the first annual Goodine Murphy Award. This scholarship recognizes a student who exhibits success in the Family Medicine rotation and who additionally has an acute awareness of relevant issues and challenges in primary care delivery as currently experienced and those anticipated. His essay, which accompanied his award application and is focused on the importance of health informatics.

  • Professor Cui Tao, PhD was named to the ACMI Elections and Nominations Committee. Her term starts in Jan. of 2020 and runs through the Dec. of 2021. Tao also has a co-authored article that JAMIA recently published.

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 [email protected].

SBMI Accepting Competitive Scholarship Applications

SBMI has scholarship funds available. The Office of Academic Affairs is currently accepting applications for spring 2020 semester scholarships.

SBMI Accepting Competitive Scholarship Applications

All SBMI students, both new and returning, are eligible to apply. Applicants must also be in good academic standing and enrolled for spring 2019 courses in a certificate, masters or Ph.D. program.

Consideration for earning a scholarship includes:

  • Pattern of academic achievement
  • Teaching and mentoring experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Community service
  • Success in overcoming adversity
  • Previous and recent publications in the discipline (if any)

Click here to submit the SBMI Scholarship Application. Please note that all submissions are being accepted in Qualtrics and no email submissions will be accepted.

The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at close of business (5 p.m. CST). If you have questions, please send an email to [email protected] or call 713.500.3591.

Healthcare Innovation Challenge Opportunity

The Healthcare Innovation Challenge (HIC) is an annual competition which gives individuals of different healthcare related backgrounds (medical, nursing, dental, public health, research and bioinformatics) the opportunity to learn about the complex dynamics of the American healthcare system. All SBMI students are welcome to participate.

Individuals will be grouped into teams of six and asked to collaborate together as they propose a novel solution to an issue in healthcare. The top three proposals will earn over $2,000 in prizes to help bring these winning concepts to life. The second Annual HIC will be held on Feb. 22, 2020.

Registration opens at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2. There are limited spots so participants will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.

Upcoming SBMI Recruiting Events

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.

SBMI Recruitment


  • Assistant Professor Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, PhD, was quoted in a recent UTHealth news story exploring the UTHealth Junior Faculty Investigator Boot Camp. Champagne-Langabeer assisted in planning and presenting at the boot camp. Assistant Dean Amy Franklin, PhD and Professor Angela Ross, DNP also participated in preparing for and presenting at the event.


Save the Date

Dec. 4 SBMI Research Seminar
Roni Matin - TBD
in E.612 & E.614, 12 p.m.
Dec. 9 Fall 2019 Poster Session
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Important Dates

Dec. 6 Last class day for fall 2019
Dec. 9-13 Final exams/evaluations
Dec. 9 Fall poster session
Dec. 13 Signed coversheets and final copies of the State of the Science, Capstone Paper or Dissertation are due by 5 p.m. CST. Must be in PDF format.

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Phone: 713-500-3591
Email: [email protected]

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