A Graduate Student Professional Research Network Project of the
National Science Foundation
Physics of Living Systems Program

hosted by the 
Center for Theoretical Biological Physics

Rice University

The Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) Student Research Network (SRN) is a trans-institutional community-based network of graduate students and graduate student educators all working on the physics of living systems. These institutions have been among the pioneers in stressing the use of both theoretical and experimental physics to further the understanding of biology and biomedicine. The network structure will allow students at participating institutions (and a select number of other students) to interact with their peers (both in-person and in-silico) and collectively help define the research agenda for this field. This program includes visiting research internships to other institutions, which will serve both as a way of broadening students perspectives on possible approaches to difficult research topics and as a way of creating collaborative ties between groups at the various sites. This structure will also enable the exploration of various means of educating these students in biology, while also ensuring that they develop and maintain a firm grounding in physics.


International Physics of Living Systems Network (iPoLS)
2014 Annual Meeting - Munich, Germany

Scope of the Workshop:

The National Science Foundations’ Physics of Living Systems (PoLS) program funds networking activities among graduate students and educators working on the physics of living systems. This trans-institutional student research network (SRN) includes a variety of activities to encourage regular interactions between students and faculty at participating institutions. Read more…

Participating Institutions