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The official website of the HHMI Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science program.

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.

SEA-PHAGES IN THE NEWS

Dec 10, 2018 GenBank Submissions

The following numbers were assinged Dec 10, 2018.

 

file JacoRen57_Sub.txt:

MK279840

 

file Hiyaa_sub.txt:

MK279841

 

file Raela_sub.txt:

MK279842

 

file CamL.sqn:

MK279843

 

file ChewChew.sqn:

MK279844

 

file Cholula.sqn:

MK279845

 

file Cosmolli16.sqn:

MK279846

 

file CristinaYang.sqn:

MK279847

 

file Dorito.sqn:

MK279848

 

file Duke13.sqn:

MK279849

 

file Durga.sqn:

MK279850

 

file Eunoia.sqn:

MK279851

 

file Fringe.sqn:

MK279852

 

file Gray.sqn:

MK279853

 

file GreenHearts.sqn:

MK279854

 

file Haleema_hfq9ZV2.sqn:

MK279855

 

file Huckleberry.sqn:

MK279856

 

file IronMan.sqn:

MK279857

 

file JakeO.sqn:

MK279858

 

file Kwadwo.sqn:

MK279859

 

file Lasagna.sqn:

MK279860

 

file Legolas.sqn:

MK279861

 

file Lennox.sqn:

MK279862

 

file Litotes.sqn:

MK279863

 

file Mag7.sqn:

MK279864

 

file Mecca.sqn:

MK279865

 

file MRabcd.sqn:

MK279866

 

file Nancia.sqn:

MK279867

 

file OMalley.sqn:

MK279868

 

file OurGirlNessie.sqn:

MK279869

 

file Omniscient.sqn:

MK279870

 

file Plmatters.sqn:

MK279871

 

file Pterodactyl.sqn:

MK279872

 

file QueenBeane.sqn:

MK279873

 

file Riovina.sqn:

MK279874

 

file Riverdale.sqn:

MK279875

 

file Rozby.sqn:

MK279876

 

file Roscoe.sqn:

MK279877

 

file Samaymay.sqn:

MK279878

 

file SassyCat97.sqn:

MK279879

 

file Savage2526.sqn:

MK279880

 

file Solosis.sqn:

MK279881

 

file Sophia.sqn:

MK279882

 

file Struggle.sqn:

MK279883

 

file Supakev.sqn:

MK279884

 

file Surely.sqn:

MK279885

 

file TattModd.sqn:

MK279886

 

file Timmi.sqn:

MK279887

 

file TomBombadil.sqn:

MK279888

 

file Valjean.sqn:

MK279889

 

file Veritas.sqn:

MK279890

 

file Wallhey.sqn:

MK279891

 

file Wawa.sqn:

MK279892

 

file WheatThin.sqn:

MK279893

 

file YouGoGlencoco.sqn:

MK279894

 

file Zaider.sqn:

MK279895

 

file Zorro.sqn:

MK279896

 

file Bishperium.sqn:

MK279897

 

file Cici_sub.txt:

MK279898

 

file Maja_PKycHkZ.sqn:

MK279899

 

file Nina_M1XSTEI.sqn:

MK279900

 

file Potatoes_OiBvs3O.sqn:

MK279901

 

file Citius_sub.txt:

MK279902

 

file Zetzy_sub.txt:

MK279903

 

file RedMaple_A5Aflox.sqn:

MK279904

 

file Acquire49_sub.txt:

MK279905

 

file Kenna_sub.txt:

MK279906

 

file HeadNerd.sqn:

MK279907

 

file Roliet.sqn:

MK279908

 

file DrLupo_sub.txt:

MK279909

 

file Antonia_Sub.txt:

MK279910

 

file Sproutie_sub.txt:

MK279911

 

file Savage_sub.txt:

MK279912

 

file PotatoSplit_sub.txt:

MK279913

GenBank Submissions Oct 31, 2018

The following numbers were assigned:

 

Aledel MK112526
Altwerkus MK112527
Beethoven MK112528
BigMack MK112529
BigPaolini MK112530
Bodacious MK112531
Bones MK112532
Bonray MK112533
Burrough MK112534
CallieOMalley MK112535
Cannibal MK112536
Capricorn MK112537
Carpal MK112538
Dione MK112539
Froghopper MK112540
Jessibeth14 MK112541
Jillium MK112542
Kalb97 MK112543
Keitherie MK112544
Khaleesi MK112545
LuckyMarjie MK112546
Maridalia MK112547
McWolfish MK112548
Morizzled23 MK112549
Olicious MK112550
Riggan MK112551
Spartan300 MK112552
Squiggle MK112553
TinyTim MK112554
Zelda MK112555
Zerg MK112556

A Regional Symposium Near You

We are delighted that more and more SEA schools are coming together to host regional SEA symposia. These meetings offer many benefits, including more opportunities for students and faculty to network, collaborate, and present their research. In 2017-2018, at least one fifth of SEA schools participated in a regional symposium.

Attending a Regional Symposium
This academic year, there are already 6 regional symposia that are being planned. These meetings will be posted at https://seaphages.org/meetings/. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings with your students, please contact the hosting faculty members. Space can be a limiting factor for some venues.

Hosting a Regional Symposium
If you would like to host a regional symposium in the 2018-2019 academic year, HHMI is able to provide up to $1,000 of support for the meeting. We recommend that you begin by contacting SEA faculty from institutions close to you to begin planning a meeting. Remember, especially for our colleagues out West, a regional meeting can be as small as 2 SEA institutions coming together. A map of all SEA schools is available here, and a list of SEA institutions is available at our program website: https://seaphages.org/institutions/. As you begin planning, please contact us (Vic Sivanathan & Billy Biederman) at sea@hhmi.org for additional information about the financial support. When possible, the SEA Team would be delighted to join your meeting. A list of recommendations for hosting a regional symposia is below, compiled from the experiences of SEA faculty.

Below is a list of considerations and recommendations as you plan for your regional symposium.

  • Participants: Identify SEA faculty from nearby SEA institutions that may be interested in hosting and/or participating in a regional symposium. A list of SEA institutions, sortable by location, is available at www.seaphages.org/institutions. The hosting institution should determine the number of participants that can be accommodated for the meeting, reserving appropriate space for talks, posters, meals, and other planned activities.

  • Date and Time: Begin planning early. Set a date for the meeting, taking into consideration when students will have gathered sufficient data to present or to work on collaboratively, as well as end of year events, including final exams, the Annual SEA Symposium, and the summer break. Start and end times for the symposium should accommodate travel time to and from the meeting.

  • Agenda: Past regional meetings have included a keynote presentation by an invited speaker, talks by SEA faculty, talks and posters by individual and/or teams of students, poster sessions, and activities such as a Genome Annotation Hackathon. Poster sessions and breaks are great opportunities for students to interact and network.

  • Collaboration: Early symposium planning provides opportunities for regional schools to collaborate. For examples, participating schools may choose to work of different Actinobacterial hosts followed by a collaborative host-range project, or working collaboratively on a common Actinobacterial host and varying isolation strategies.

  • Costs: Meeting costs include travel expenses, poster printing, meals, and keynote honorarium.

Upcoming Events

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March 1, 2019 to March 31, 2019

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March 15, 2019

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March 15, 2019

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