Summer Course Kicks off 4th Year in Chapel Hill

Eleven students from various academic and cultural backgrounds have gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) with a common goal: to spend the summer immersed in biophysics.

As the fourth class of students to attend the NIGMS-funded Biophysical Society Summer Course: Case Studies in the Physics of Life, these students will spend 11 weeks this summer in lectures, seminars, and, most importantly, in the lab with hand-picked mentors, elbow-deep in biophysics-related research projects of their choice. Th ree TAs, Tim Jacobs, Gregg Rice, and Matt Smola, all fi rst-year graduate students at UNC, are helping out by hosting recitation sessions and giving quizzes. Course Director Barry Lentz and Assistant Director Mike Jarstfer have lined up visiting speakers to supplement the core UNC faculty lectures and give students the opportunity to investigate biophysics programs at other institutions. Th e full Course schedule also includes professional development classes on topics such as writing a personal statement, presenting an abstract, and research collaboration ethics. Field trips to the beach, a minor league baseball game, and Duke University are on the summer’s agenda, too.












































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