The 2010 BPS Summer Course: Case Studies in the Physics of Life began on May 18 at the University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill (UNC) with an orientation session led by Course Director and UNC’s Director of Biophysics & Biochemistry Program, Barry R. Lentz, followed by a welcome dinner.

Eleven undergraduate students (pictured below) from all over the United States were selected for the intense Summer Course program, set up to mimic graduate school demands. The course program includes rigorous lectures provided by UNC faculty members, seminars by biophysicists from various academic institutions, industry, and government agencies, professional development workshops, and independent lab research experience.

Current UNC students Kellie Beicker from the Department of Chemistry, Vinal Lakhani from the Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, and Jun Zhang from the Department of Biophysics & Biochemistry will be the teaching assistants for the course.

The Summer Course is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The students participating in this year’s course are: Shayna Atkins, Spelman College; Gregory Benjamin, Howard University; Jennifer Camia, George Mason University; Jacquelyn Freeman, New York Institute of Technology; Anna-May Joseph, Oakwood University; Branden King, University of Dayton; Joshua Laskin, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Patrick McCarter, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Jennifer Nagamine, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Najah Salleh, North Carolina Central University, and Natalie Stenzoski, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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