Summer School: The Physics of Life - June 10-21, 2019 @ Princeton University

Applications for 2019 CPBF Summer school are now open!

The Center for the Physics of Biological Function is pleased to offer a summer school for advanced undergraduates who are interested in biological physics. The 2019 school is limited to 24 students, and is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The school is an intense two weeks of lectures, seminars, and hands-on exercises with two ultimate goals for students:

  1. To build an understanding of how physics problems emerge from thinking about developing embryos, communicating bacteria, dynamic neural networks, animal behaviors, evolution, and more.
  2. To learn how ideas and methods from statistical physics, simulation, data analysis, and imaging connect to diverse biological phenomena.

Eligibility - The summer school is geared toward third- and fourth-year undergraduate students with a strong background in physics, biophysics, and biological sciences. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required.

Deadline – Application review begins on March 15, 2019

Apply onlineClick here to complete the online application. You will be required to submit a statement of purpose, undergraduate course transcript, and the contact information for one recommendation letter writer.

The school is tuition free. Housing on Princeton campus and meals will be provided for school participants. However, please note that we cannot support travel costs.

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 PDF icon2018 Lectures program here