In this PSU-PKU summer class, students have been mixed into four study groups to facilitate interactions..
One major objective of this PSU-PKU Biology summer class is to facilitate communication and mutual understanding for students from Penn State and Peking University. To that end, things have been worked out nicely. PSU and PKU students are mixed into four study groups to work on their projects for final presentations with topics ranging from cancer stem cell, p53 function as a tumor suppressor, cancer genes, and Hippo signaling for growth control. From their presentations over the past two days, I am totally impressed with students' ability and willingness to work as a team. They have worked hard in searching literature, discussing how to put information together in a meaningful way and generating a Powerpoint file so that all group members can participate in their presentation to the entire class. I am sure students have a lot to report based on their personal impressions and experience from this class and Beijing trip. As one of the students from Peking University, Jack, said, "this summer.. so meaningful and unforgettable. This is the end of our class. But I hope that this is not the end of our friendship".