Tuajuanda C. Jordan, Lewis and Clark College
Sandra H. Burnett, Brigham Young University - Utah
Susan Carson, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Steven M. Caruso, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Karl Clase, Purdue University
Randall J. DeJong, Calvin College
John J. Dennehy, University of New York
Dee R. Denver, Oregon State University
David Dunbar, Cabrini College
Sarah C. R. Elgin, Washington University in St Louis
Ann M. Findley, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Chris R. Gissendanner, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Urszula P. Golebiewska, Queensborough Community College
Nancy Guild, University of Colorado Boulder
Grant A. Hartzog, University of California - Santa Cruz
Wendy H. Grillo, North Carolina Central University
Gail P. Hollowell, North Carolina Central University
Lee E. Hughes, University of North Texas
Allison Johnson, Virginia Commonwealth University
Rodney A. King, Western Kentucky University
Lynn O. Lewis t, University of Mary Washington
Wei Li, Indiana University - Indianapolis
Frank Rosenzweig, University of Montana - MissoulaFollow
Michael R. Rubin, University of Puerto Rico - Cayey University College
Margaret S. Saha, College of William and Mary
James Sandoz, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Christopher D. Shaffer, Washington University in St Louis
Barbara Taylor, Oregon State University
Louise Temple, James Madison University
Edwin Vazquez, University of Puerto Rico - Cayey University College
Vassie C. Ware, Lehigh University
Lucia P. Barker, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Kevin W. Bradley, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Deborah Jacobs-Sera, University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus
Welkin H. Pope, University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus
Daniel A. Russell, University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus
Steven G. Cresawn, James Madison University
David Lopatto, Grinnell College
Cheryl P. Bailey, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Graham F. Hatfull, University of Pittsburgh - Main CampusFollow

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Engaging large numbers of undergraduates in authentic scientific discovery is desirable but difficult to achieve. We have developed a general model in which faculty and teaching assistants from diverse academic institutions are trained to teach a research course for first-year undergraduate students focused on bacteriophage discovery and genomics. The course is situated within a broader scientific context aimed at understanding viral diversity, such that faculty and students are collaborators with established researchers in the field. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) course has been widely implemented and has been taken by over 4,800 students at 73 institutions. We show here that this alliance-sourced model not only substantially advances the field of phage genomics but also stimulates students’ interest in science, positively influences academic achievement, and enhances persistence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Broad application of this model by integrating other research areas with large numbers of early-career undergraduate students has the potential to be transformative in science education and research training.




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Jordan TC, Burnett SH, Carson S, Caruso SM, Clase K, DeJong RJ, Dennehy JJ, Denver DR, Dunbar D, Elgin SCR, Findley AM, Gissendanner CR, Golebiewska UP, Guild N, Hartzog GA, Grillo WH, Hollowell GP, Hughes LE, Johnson A, King RA, Lewis LO, Li W, Rosenzweig F, Rubin MR, Saha MS, Sandoz J, Shaffer CD, Taylor B, Temple L, Vazquez E, Ware VC, Barker LP, Bradley KW, Jacobs-Sera D, Pope WH, Russell DA, Cresawn SG, Lopatto D, Bailey CP, Hatfull GF. 2014. A broadly implementable research course in phage discovery and genomics for first-year undergraduate students. mBio 5(1):e01051-13. doi:10.1128/mBio.01051-13.