HHMI has released a call for applications for new schools to join the SEA-PHAGES program for the 2017-18 academic year. Any schools that are interested can view application instructions and materials at the link below.
The SEA-PHAGES Program
SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) is a two-semester, discovery-based undergraduate research course that begins with simple digging in the soil to find new viruses, but progresses through a variety of microbiology techniques and eventually to complex genome annotation and bioinformatic analyses.
The program aims to increase undergraduate interest and retention in the biological sciences through immediate immersion in authentic, valuable, yet accessible research. By finding and naming their own bacteriophages, students develop a sense of project ownership and have a ready-made personal research project at a fraction of the cost of traditional apprentice-based research programs. Some of the positive effects of the SEA-PHAGES program have been reported here.
SEA-PHAGES is jointly administered by Graham Hatfull's group at the University of Pittsburgh and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education division.
Written byon June 15, 2016 .
The new issue of Message in a Bottle is available! Download it here.
The 8th Annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium is just a few weeks away, and the abstracts have been collected. As you prepare for the meeting, it might be a good opportunity to look back at the talks from last year's Symposium. We've collected and edited the 18 student talks as well as the two keynote talks by Graham Hatfull and Eric Betzig. Links are below!
Enjoy, good luck with preparations, and see you in June!
The SEA-PHAGES Team