UWF to merge Biology and Chemistry in experimental pilot program

Sea Phages

The University of West Florida is one of 142 universities to participate in the SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program, jointly administered by the University of Pittsburgh and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education division. Through this program, students will have a research-based laboratory course taught jointly by the biology and chemistry faculty. Chemistry laboratory techniques and theories will support the biological aspects of discovery based isolation and study of novel bacteriophages. These are the viruses that infect bacteria. This research-based course provides a unique opportunity for an undergraduate student to experience science first-hand, take ownership of one's lab experience and discovery, and attend scientific conferences. Invitations to incoming freshmen will be sent in April of 2018 and 24 students will be selected to participate.

Participated students will obtain credit in General Chemistry I and II lab (CHM 2045L and 2046L) and General Biology I and II lab (BSC 2010L and BSC 2011L). The SEA-PHAGE lab is a co-requisite with the General Biology I and II and General Chemistry I and II lecture courses. 

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming Freshmen student for Fall 2018
  • Minimum GPA-3.4/4.0 scale
  • Minimum ACT composite of 26 or SAT composite of 1770 and also have minimum math sectional score (minimum ACT-22 or SAT-520)
  • Apply below and submit essay with 2 letters of recommendation

Essay Topic:

An essay of 250-500 words on why you would like to take part in this discovery-based research opportunity. Specifically, include what you hope to gain from participation in the course, why you are interested in this research experience and how participation could contribute toward meeting your academic and/or professional and personal goals. Your essay should highlight:

  • Why you would like to take part in this discovery-based research opportunity
  • Your academic and/or professional goals
  • Your personal goals

Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. 

The application login credentials are your MyUWF username and password.  If you experience any issues with the application or logging in, please contact Kathy Parker by phone at (850) 474-3159 or by email   

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