Summer School

The Physics of Life (We are still accepting applications!)

June 11-22, 2018 @ Princeton University

A summer school for advanced undergraduates. The 2018 school is limited to 24 students, and is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

See how physics problems emerge from thinking about developing embryos, communicating bacteria, dynamic neural networks, animal behaviors, evolution, and more. 

Learn how ideas and methods from statistical physics, simulation and data analysis, optics and microscopy connect to diverse biological phenomena.

Explore these questions, tools, and concepts in an intense two weeks of lectures, seminars, hands-on exercises, and projects.

Eligibility - the summer school is open to highly motivated undergraduate students with a strong background in physics. Minorities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. US citizenship (or permanent residency) is not required.

Deadline – We will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2018.

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

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Lectures program:

In-depth science topics:

Neurobiology and Animal Behavior

Quorum Sensing and Bacterial Populations

Genetic Networks and Development

Lecture Topics:



Statistical Physics


Data Analysis



+ Research lectures from Center faculty