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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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Official Function List

Embedded below is the list of approved functions and specific names for those functions. Any functional calls you make should come from this list and use the naming conventions here. If you think you've found a function not on this list, please request that it be added at the appropriate forum.

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Auto-annotation Fix for DNA Master

Recently, NCBI changed accessibility to Glimmer and GeneMark servers. Upon update and a few key re-configurations, DNA Master can once again auto-annotate. Please follow the directions in the attached document to get auto-annotation working again. Yay!

How to update DNA Master to restore auto-annotation functionality

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Regional Symposia

We're delighted that more and more SEA institutions are coming together to host regional SEA symposia. In 2016-2017, 5 regional symposia were held, attended by students and faculty from 17 SEA institutions. Regional symposia offer many benefits, including more opportunities for students and faculty to network, collaborate, and present their research. HHMI is pleased to offer moderate contribution to help offset the costs of hosting these meetings.

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.

Request for HHMI support

To request for moderate financial support from HHMI to offset some of the costs associated with a regional symposium, email SEA@hhmi.org with a brief Letter of Intent that includes:

  • the list of participating institutions and anticipated number of attendees
  • a draft agenda
  • a draft budget

Once a meeting date has been set, and an agenda finalzed, we will be happy to post this information on seaphages.org to promote your meeting.

Current Events

Submit DNA Samples [Semester Schools]

November 21, 2017

Submit Lysates for Archiving

November 21, 2017 to December 15, 2017

Install software for Bioinformatics Workshop and Semester

November 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017

Upcoming Events

Bionformatics Workshop

December 8, 2017 to December 12, 2017

Submit DNA Samples [Quarter Schools]

January 9, 2018

Submit Spring Section Data to seaphages.org

January 30, 2018

Recent Events

Phall Phage Phair

November 17, 2017

Forum Activity

cdshaffer posted in glycosylase or N-glycosidase

beckiebortz posted in FIC family protein

Viknesh Sivanathan posted in Bacteriophage Microbiologist Position

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