So Long, Summer: 2012 Summer Course Wraps Up

After three months of lectures, labs and seminars, the 2012 Summer Course in Biophysics came to a close last month. On Thursday, August 2, the twelve course participants showcased the research they have worked on all summer in the Final Symposium, held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the University of North Carolina’s Rizzo Conference Center.

While the summer of biophysics at Chapel Hill included trips to Myrtle Beach and a Durham Bulls baseball game, the past 12 weeks weren’t just all fun and games. In addition to these social activities, the students spent countless hours in the lab working on their independent research projects. Students self-selected labs and mentors to work with based on their scientific interests. These mentors, along with lab supervisors, nurtured students as they jumped head first into a summer of intensive biophysics research.

Outside of the lab, students attended twenty lectures given by UNC faculty. These lectures provided a foundation in biophysics for the students, while the seminars given by visiting faculty gave students a more in-depth look at specific research. Lecturers visiting from other institutions met with the enthusiastic summer course students over lunch, often offering graduate school and career advice to the inquisitive students.

During the Final Symposium, students presented their individual summer research to their peers, TAs, mentors, and Course Co-Director, Barry Lentz. By the end of the Symposium, it was clear to everyone in the room that this past summer was just the beginning of these exceptional students’ scientific careers. The Biophysical Society thanks NIGMS for funding the 2012 Summer Course in Biophysics.

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