Attending the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting is the richest annual networking and professional development opportunity for researchers in the field of biophysics.  The breadth of research represented by the nearly 7,000 attendees and to the personal interactions that take place are enhanced by the career, education, policy, and social programs scheduled throughout the Meeting.

Networking Event Professional Development


Undergraduate Student Lounge

Saturday, February 11 - February 15
This space is reserved for undergraduate meeting attendees looking for a place to relax or catch up on coursework they may be missing while at the Annual Meeting. 


Undergraduate Mixer and Poster Fest

Saturday, February 11, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
If you’re an undergraduate student, plan on attending this social and scientific mixer. Come meet other undergraduates and learn about their research projects. Undergraduates listed as co-authors on posters are welcome to practice their poster presentation skills in a less formal setting, even if not listed as the presenting author. For undergraduate students who will be presenting during the standard scientific sessions, the mixer provides an opportunity to hone presentation skills before the general poster sessions begin. Pre-registration is required to present, but not to attend. The registration deadline is January 30. Click here to register.

New for 2017: Undergraduate Poster Award Competition:  Application deadline has passed.
Undergrads participating in the Mixer and Poster Festival as a first or second author on a poster, will now have a chance to enter a competition and gain recognition for their work. Three students will be selected for awards based on the quality of their research, scientific merit, their knowledge of the research problem, contribution to the project, and overall presentation of the poster. 

  First-Time Attendee Drop-By

Saturday, February 11, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Is this your first time attending a Biophysical Society Annual Meeting? Wondering what to do first? Wondering how to get the most out of your time? Drop by the First-Time Attendee event on Saturday evening during the Opening Mixer to learn how to navigate the meeting. Society staff and committee members will be on hand to answer your questions about the meeting and help you gain the most from your time at the BPS 2017 New Orleans meeting.


Opening Mixer

Saturday, February 11, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
All registered attendees are welcome to attend this reception.  Cash bar and light refreshments will be offered.


CID/Education/CPOW Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 11, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
During this reception, students, postdocs, and early and mid-career scientists will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the chairs of the Education, Inclusion and Diversity, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

 All-In Networking Hour

Saturday, February 11, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Following this year’s Travel Award Reception, join us for a special networking event open to students and scientists at all stages of their careers. Come meet Biophysical Society Committee members, representatives from industry and government, and your peers, to engage in fun and relaxed discussions over light refreshments. Ice breakers will be used to help spark conversation, providing you with the chance to seek academic and career advice, or discover various resources and opportunities you may not know about.

  Postdoctoral Breakfast

Sunday, February 12, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
This breakfast presents an opportunity for postdoctoral Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. The breakfast will feature a panel focused on international relations and navigating scientific career paths outside your country of origin. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Mayo Clinic
Khalid Salaita, Emory University

Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Sunday, February 12, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
This “breakfast” for undergraduate students offers a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students, Biophysical Society Committee members, and scientists at all career levels to discuss academic goals and questions, and to develop a biophysics career path. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience - come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries.  Space for this session is limited to the first 100 attendees.

Opening remarks:
Linda Columbus, University of Virginia
Panel Moderator:
Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Bay Path University
Tavia Frazier, New Orleans Bioinnovation Center
Christina Chisholm, University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Logan Kaler, Bay Path University
Manal Ahmidouch, Wake Forrest University

  Colleges in the Community Day

Sunday, February 12, 11:30 AM –5:00 PM 
This full day of activities for local college students and their instructors kicks off with an Undergraduate Student Pizza “Breakfast” where participants will have an opportunity to network with their peers and members of the Biophysical Society’s Education Committee in a fun and relaxed environment. The Breakfast will include a panel discussion on academic and career paths in biophysics, with opportunities for questions and answers from the audience. Come prepared to find out about the course of study that aspiring biophysicists undertake, what it means to be a biophysicist, and how biophysicists make important discoveries. Next, students will have a chance to attend the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair to meet with representatives of, and learn about, programs from all over the country. Finally, students will have access to an exclusive tour of the exhibit hall where they will view special demonstrations featuring cutting edge instrumentation producing breakthroughs in structural biology and other areas. Local undergraduate students, and their PI’s, residing within a 50-mile radius of the Ernest Morial Convention Center and are not presenting an abstract or listed on an abstract being presented at this meeting, may register for this event and gain FREE access to all Annual Meeting sessions on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Register by Sunday, January 29, 2017. There will be no on site registration for this event. Click here to register.


International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, February 12, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
A number of international students, postdocs, and scientists will be recognized during this luncheon for their outstanding achievements in biophysics research. This event is hosted by the International Relations Committee.

The World Outside the Lab: Many Ways to Use Your PhD Skills

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Have you ever wondered how you can apply the skills learned while working on your PhD in a career away from the bench? This panel will explore multiple career options that exist in government, industry, and academia, such as publishing, intellectual property management, science policy, marketing, etc. Panelists with science backgrounds, now involved in a wide variety of careers, will share their personal experiences.

Lesley Anson, Anson Scientific
Stephanie DeLuca, 2016-2017 BPS Congressional Fellow
Engin Serpersu, NSF

  Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce students and postdoctoral candidates to colleges and universities with leading programs in biophysics. Representatives interested in reserving a table at this fair to display information about their institution’s biophysics program must complete a registration form and submit the registration fee in advance. All students attending the Annual Meeting are encouraged to attend to learn about these programs. Register for a table today! Please contact the Society at with questions.

 Teaching Science Like We Do Science

Sunday, February 12, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical tools, tips, and Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) recommendations for bringing biophysics topics in the lab and in the classroom to life for undergraduate and graduate students. Through collaborative group discussions attendees will design an interdisciplinary-focused classroom plan and receive feedback on implementation and assessment. Opportunities to share attendees' own classroom practices are encouraged.

Linda Columbus, University of Virginia
Leslie Satin, University of Michigan
Sharyn Endow, Duke - NUS
Vincent J LiCata, Louisiana State University
Jurgen Bosch, Case Western Reserve University
Jef Wagner, Lawrence University


 CRISPR from a Policy Perspective

Sunday, February 12, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
As scientists interested in public outreach and policy, we must step back from the research for a moment and think about the issues raised by the ability to easily edit genes. The panelists in this session will discuss the ethical and policy issues raised by CRISPR-Cas9, what the role of government (national and international) should be in regulating the research, and if/how public opinion is part of the decision-making process.

Henry Greely, Center for Law and Biosciences, Stanford University
Jessica Tucker, Office of the Director, NIH
Debra JH Mathews, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University


 PI to PI, a Wine & Cheese Mixer

Sunday, February 12, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
You finally have a job working in biophysics, in industry or academia, with some funding and a lab, but you’ve realized that the career challenges continue. Come relax and network with your contemporaries and senior biophysicists over a beer or glass of wine. This event is a great chance to compare notes with colleagues and discuss one-on-one your unique solutions to issues that arise in the time between getting your job and getting your next promotion, including management of lab staff, getting your work published, and renewing your funding. Refreshments will be provided, with cash bar.

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 12, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This session features students who are presenting posters at the Meeting and have indicated at the time of abstract submission that they wish to participate in the competition. During the competition, students will give a five-to-seven minute oral presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture. For more information click here.

 Setting Standards for Data Sharing: Community by Community

Sunday, February 12, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Data management. Data sharing. Repositories. Sound familiar? There is growing demand to make the data used in research available to other scientists to accelerate the pace of discovery and allow for reproducibility. This sounds simple enough, but what data should be shared and how? To support research communities in developing and adopting data sharing guidelines that work for that them, the Society is hosting this workshop to bring together communities that are at various stages of that process so that they can share information and learn from each other. During this inaugural workshop, the discussion will focus on modeling, small angle scattering, NMR, and EM.

Helen Berman, Rutgers University, Moderator
Nigel Kirby, Australian Synchrotron
Cathy Lawson, Rutgers University
Guy Montelione, Rutgers University
Torsten Schwede, University of Basel

Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, February 13, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
This breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student Annual Meeting attendees to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Limited to the first 100 attendees.

Hugo Sanabria, Clemson University
Jeanne Small, Quantum Northwest

 New Member Welcome Coffee

Monday, February 13, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
All new Biophysical Society members are invited to participate in an informal gathering to meet members of the Society’s council and programs, find out about the Society’s activities, get acquainted with other new members, and enjoy refreshments. Current members are encouraged to come meet the new members.


Biophysics 101: Cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM)

Monday, February 13, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Cryo electron microscopy is booming, with new atomic structures appearing every week and new facilities being installed at research centers across the globe. This unprecedented growth has been stimulated by the availability of new imaging detectors that dramatically increase the acuity of images, but also reflects advances in electron microscopes and image analysis software. These technologies are being employed for two main applications, known as single-particle analysis and tomography, which can be used to produce structures of a wide range of biomolecular assemblies, from isolated molecules to cells and tissues. This year's "Biophysics 101" will discuss both the technologies and the applications to provide insight into why cryo-EM has become such a powerful and essential tool in structural biology.
Session Chair: Erin Schexnaydre, Lousiana State University
David DeRosier, Brandeis University
Esther Bullitt, Boston University School of Medicine
David Stokes, New York University School of Medicine

 Industry Panel

Monday, February 13, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Are you interested in pursuing a career in industry? Stop by to hear from a panel of experts who work in bio-related industries. Panelists will discuss how to find, select, and apply for industry internships, providing attendees with useful tools and resources.

 How to Get Your Scientific Paper Published

Monday, February 13, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
This panel discussion, will focus on the practical issues involved in publishing a scientific paper. The panelists have extensive experience in writing, reviewing, and editing papers, and will provide information on the dos and don'ts of submitting research manuscripts. Discussions will focus on strategies to avoid common pitfalls, how to prevent and fix problems before submission, and how to respond to critiques and even rejection of a paper. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the session.

Moderators: Gail Robertson and Enrique De La Cruz
Jane Dyson
Chris Yip
Cynthia Czajkowski

 Speed Networking

Monday, February 13, 2016, 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Career development and networking is important in science, but can be a big time commitment. Here we offer refreshments and the chance to speed network, an exciting way to connect with a large number of biophysicists in a short amount of time. This is an ideal opportunity for graduate students to meet prospective postdoc mentors and faculty to find a postdoc. Early career scientists could use their new contacts to discuss career goals and challenges, get advice on tenure or grant writing, find out how to gain recognition, or network for your next job. Mid-career and more experienced scientists could learn how to get more involved in the Society or network for possible reviewers for papers. After introductions, each person will have short 3-5 minute meetings with consecutive new contacts. During this time you can exchange information and ask questions. When time is up, you select the next person to talk to. By the end of the event, each participant will have had meaningful interactions with over half a dozen colleagues and the opportunity to meet many more. It's that simple!

Space is limited to the first 30 attendees. Pre-register to reserve your spot! 


A Driving Force in the Middle of the Journey: Funding Opportunities for Mid-Career Researchers

Monday, February 13, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
This session will feature a discussion of funding opportunities for mid-career researchers – those who fall in between the “new investigator” and “senior researcher” career stages. Panelists will discuss options and offer their points of view on how to maximize and strategize about funding opportunities.

Engin Serpersu, NSF
Nancy Carrasco, Yale University
German Cavelier, Fordham University
Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne, Australia

Postdoc to Faculty Q & A: Transitions Forum and Luncheon

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This question-and-answer luncheon is designed for postdocs finishing and actively applying for academic faculty positions. Discussion will be led by a panel of new faculty in basic science and/or medical school departments and experienced faculty who have served as department chairs and/or part of faculty search committees. Topics for discussion include how to prepare the curriculum vitae, the interview process, networking, how to negotiate the job offer, and advice for new faculty as they balance research with their department obligations. Pre-registration was suggested, and the fee includes a box lunch. 

Bradley Baker, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Julio Cordero-Morales, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Jose Faraldo-Gomez, NHLBI, NIH
Shai Silberberg, NINDS, NIH
Valeria Vasquez, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

 Career Opportunities at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Finding a Job and Finding Success

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
This session provides graduate students, postdocs, and current faculty with information and resources on career options at PUI's. Panelists are faculty members at PUI's who have been successful in their positions.

Paul Urayama, Miami University
Elizabeth Yates, United States Naval Academy
Justin Link, Xavier University
Julio C. de Paula, Lewis and Clark College
Shelli Frey , Gettysburg College

 Bringing Mentees and Mentors Together in a National Network

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Through an initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of science professionals and institutions collaborating to provide students and scientists across all career stages of research in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences with enhanced networking, professional development, research resources and mentorship experiences. NRMN includes a wide range of programs for mentors and mentees. This session will provide information on the resources available for mentees and mentors through NRMN and provide an opportunity to participate in the program.

Harlan Jones, University of North Texas Health Science Center

  Industry and Agency Opportunities Fair

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This fair will introduce attendees to companies and agencies that have employment and funding opportunities outside of academia. Stop by the fair to learn about the variety of opportunities available to scientists in industry and government and to talk one-on-one with representatives from participating organizations. Don’t forget to check out the Career Development Center for current job opportunities available at many of the participating organizations.

Industry & Agency Representatives interested in reserving a table at this event to display information about their company/agency must register in advance.

Please contact with questions.

 NIH Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, February 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Whether you are a first- time applicant or a scientists with long-standing NIH funding, it is important to stay abreast of the latest changes to the NIH extramural grant making process. At this session, NIGMS program directors and officers with expertise in biophysics will be providing details on the NIH grant- making process as it stands in 2017, including the recently adopted requirement for a data management plan. 

Cathy Lewis, NIGMS
Jean Chin, NIGMS
Additional speakers to be announced

Networking and Personal Branding: The Workshop

Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Navigating the complexities of a career in science is difficult. Making new, important discoveries takes hard work, perseverance, and luck. Along with these skills, career success increasingly hinges on complex social factors including establishing independent collaborations, peer and mentor support networks, and community name recognition. In this interactive workshop we will discuss the essential importance of networking in science careers, and of developing a recognizable personal brand to help promote developing scientists in the ever-competitive and complex job market.

Lisa Fauci, Tulane University
Jennifer Ross, University of Massachusetts Amherst
David Warshaw, University of Vermont


Experience Local Flavor

Each evening, Sunday - Tuesday, at 5:30 PM
Local students will be waiting at the Society Booth to meet up with attendees who want to experience the local flavor of New Orleans.