Sixth Summer Course in Biophysics Comes to a Close

For the students who participated in the Biophysical Society Summer Course in Biophysics, this past summer was filled with homework assignments, seminars, and lectures. In addition to this structured coursework, the students spent much of their summer in the labs of faculty members at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, working on their independent research projects. Their research was featured in the final symposium, held at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill on July 30, 2013.

In addition to working in labs, the ten Summer Course participants attended regular lectures given by UNC faculty. While these lectures provided a foundation in biophysics, seminars by visiting faculty members gave students a more in-depth look at specific research topics. Students were able to network with visiting lecturers over lunch, asking questions about graduate school and gaining invaluable career advice.

While much of the summer was spent focusing on learning as much biophysics as possible in a short time span, there was still time for social events, such as a trip to the beach and a Durham Bulls baseball game. Students participated in professional development sessions, featuring topics such as writing a personal statement and ethics in science.

During the final symposium, students presented their individual summer research projects to their peers, TAs, mentors and Course Co-Directors, Barry Lentz and Mike Jarstfer. Many students hope to present their projects at the upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting. The Biophysical Society thanks NIGMS for funding the 2013 Summer Course in Biophysics.