Student and Faculty Activities

Education, Minority Affairs, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees Travel Awardee Reception
Undergraduate Student Lounge - NEW!
High School Students Event
High School Teachers Event
International Travel Awardee Luncheon
Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair
Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Education Workshop
Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition
Graduate Student Breakfast
Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"
Biophysics 101: Atomic Force Microscopy
Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions
Biophysics Wiki-Edit Contest Meet-Up

Education, Minority Affairs, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees Travel Awardee Reception

Saturday, February 2, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

During this reception, students, postdocs, and early career scientists will be honored and presented with their travel awards by the chairs of the Education, Minority Affairs, and Professional Opportunities for Women Committees.

Speaker: 
Ruben Gonzalez, Columbia University

Undergraduate Student Lounge - NEW!

Sunday, February 3 - Tuesday, February 5
This special 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. Members of the Education Committee, which sponsors this lounge, will pop in to talk with student attendees about career paths and opportunities. 

High School Students Event

Sunday, February 3, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
This program, sponsored by the Education Committee, introduces local high school students to research and career opportunities in biophysics through a graduate student panel and discussion. A special scavenger hunt of the Exhibit Hall will allow students to get a first-hand experience of an international science conference. The day will conclude with a visit to the Biomolecular Discovery Dome, an audio-visual immersion experience that takes students inside the world of cells and viruses. 
 
Local high school students who reside within a 75-mile radius of the Pennsylvania Convention Center are invited to attend this free event. Registration for this event includes access to the entire Meeting on Sunday, February 3. Register here
 
Please contact Vida Ess (vess@biophysics.org) if you are interested in having your student group attend this event. 
 

High School Teachers Event

Sunday, February 3, 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
This Education Committee sponsored event introduces high school teachers to biophysics and the benefits of teaching interdisciplinary science at the high school level. James McGonigle, Director of Education & Outreach at the Nano/Bio Interface Center of the University of Pennsylvania, will address ways to incorporate biophysics and nanoscale science into a high school curriculum. Inexpensive and engaging experiments that effectively teach biophysical concepts will be demonstrated for future use in a classroom setting. 
 
In addition to registered attendees, local high school teachers who reside within a 75-mile radius of the Pennsylvania Convention Center are invited to attend this free event. Registration for this event includes access to the entire Meeting on Sunday, February 3. Register here
 
Educators are encouraged to attend this special session while their students attend the High School Students Event, which runs simultaneously. Please contact Vida Ess (vess@biophysics.org) with questions. 

Speaker: Jim McGonigle, University of Pennsylvania

International Travel Awardee Luncheon

Sunday, February 3, 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

A selective 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.

Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair

Monday, February 4, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
This fair will introduce students and postdocs 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. Registration is not needed to participate as a student. 
 
Reserve your institution's Grad & Postdoc Fair table today! The institution registration form is available here.

Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Education Workshop

Sunday, February 3, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This session will highlight examples of how to better integrate teaching and research and provide workshop participants an opportunity to hear about funding opportunities for developing undergraduate courses and programs. Speakers will present on programs and courses they have developed to incorporate biophysics education and research into the undergraduate science curriculum. The speakers have each been successful in securing both research and education grants and will provide models and examples of how faculty can be successful and effective in both aspects of academia. 

Speakers:
Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins University
Gina MacDonald, James Madison University

Student Research Achievement Award (SRAA) Poster Competition

Sunday, February 3, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"This session will feature students who are presenting posters at the Meeting and have indicated they wish to participate in the competiiton at the time of abstract submission. During the competition, students will give a five-to-seven minute verbal presentation of their posters to one or more judges. Winners will be recognized on Monday evening prior to the National Lecture.
 
If you are a student member and have submitted your abstract for presentation at the Annual Meeting, you are eligible to register for the SRAA Poster Competition and may do so here. 

Graduate Student Breakfast

Monday, February 4, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

This breakfast presents an opportunity for graduate student members of the Society to meet and discuss the issues they face in their current career stage. Members of the Early Careers Committee will be there to talk about funding opportunities, to answer questions about how the Committee serves graduate students in the biophysical community, and to recruit new Committee members. Limited to the first 100 attendees.
 
Speakers: 
Ed Egelman, University of Virginia
Prithwish Pal, Electronic BioSciences
Bert Tanner, University of Vermont
 
 

Undergraduate Student Pizza "Breakfast"

Monday, February 4, 11:30 AM  - 1:00 PM

The Education Committee will host this “breakfast” for undergraduate students. This session will serve as a valuable networking and social opportunity to meet other students and Committee members, to discuss academic goals and questions, and to develop a biophysics career path. This breakfast will feature the Emily M. Gray Award Lecture.
 
In addition to registered attendees, local undergraduates who reside within a 75-mile radius of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and are not presenting an abstract are invited to attend this free event. Registration for this event includes access to the Graduate & Postdoc Institution Fair in addition to the entire Meeting on Monday, February 4. Local undergrads not otherwise attending the Meeting must register by January 11, 2013.
 
Meeting attendees do not need to pre-register for this event. 
 
Speaker: Louis De Felice, Virginia Commonwealth University, Emily M. Gray Awardee
 

Biophysics 101: Atomic Force Microscopy

Monday, February 4, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Atomic force microscopy has emerged as a biophysical technique capable of measurements on unstained and unfixed biological molecules and assemblies under fluid. Besides imaging at multiple spatial scales, it can also serve as a mechanical probe of these types of systems. This year’s "Biophysics 101" session will include two lectures on this topic, describing AFM and its applications. The session is part of a continuing series of symposia initiated by the Education Committee to educate the Society membership about fundamentals of various biophysical techniques with which they may not be familiar.
 
Speakers: 
Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania
Manish Butte, Stanford University
 

Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions

Tuesday, February 5, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Education Committee is hosting a session aimed at helping PUI faculty find funding sources that will help them to establish or maintain an active and productive undergraduate research laboratory.

Speakers: 
Gina MacDonald, James Madison University
Scott Brewer, Franklin & Marshall College
Myriam Cotten, Hamilton College
 

Biophysics Wiki-Edit Contest Meet-Up

Tuesday, February 5, 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
 
Interested in entering the Society’s wiki-editing contest? Come to this demonstration and discussion for contest entrants and anyone curious about wiki editing. Learn about the contest, as well as the easy techniques and the few basic principles for becoming a science wikipedian. Register your username, do an edit, and get a WikiProject Biophysics button to wear! This event is sponsored by the Early Careers Committee. 

Speaker: 
Emily Temple-Wood, Loyola University Chicago
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