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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.

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Abstract Submission and Posters for the 2019 SEA-PHAGES Symposium

The 2019 SEA Symposium is approaching, and we want you to submit abstracts and prepare posters, because you've done amazing things and we want to know about it.

Students at the Symposium are expected to submit only one scientific abstract from the student's institution about actinobacteriophage work they accomplished this year. Abstracts will be presented as posters at the Symposium. Only one poster space will be set aside for each participating school's students. Each school may also submit up to one additional faculty abstract to be presented by the attending faculty. Some of the faculty abstracts will be selected for presentation at the poster session. Cohort 12 schools will not submit any abstracts for the 2019 SEA Symposium.

Abstract titles can be up to 200 characters long. Abstract body text can be up to 3,000 characters long. A photo (headshot) for each presenter is needed to submit an abstract.

Abstracts selected for talks will also present a poster. Posters can't be bigger than 4’ x 4’. Poster headings should include a title, names of authors, and the name of your institution. SEA-PHAGES and HHMI have LOGOS for your poster.

Faculty at schools that are participating in the Symposium should work together to ensure that one student abstract and no more than one faculty abstract are submitted from your institution. Users with faculty accounts on seaphages.org can submit abstracts from the faculty timeline page or the "My Institution" link on the seaphages.org homepage.

Abstracts are due on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Keep in touch with the most up-to-date information on the upcoming Symposium. Email info@seaphages.org if you have any questions.

GenBank Submission Numbers

Below is a live spreadsheet showing the numbers assigned by GenBank to phage annotations that have been submitted and are soon to be (or have been) released.

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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.

Current Events

Receive, Prepare, and Test Biologicals for Phage Discovery **

April 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019

Upcoming Events

11th Annual SEA Symposium

June 7, 2019 to June 9, 2019

2019 Faculty Workshop

June 9, 2019 to June 12, 2019

Phage Discovery Workshop 12A

June 22, 2019 to June 28, 2019

Forum Activity

Shallee Page posted in DNA Primase

ettingera posted in DNA Smear

Welkin Pope posted in Exonuclease domains of DNA polymerase I

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