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An undergraduate research and lab program combining biology and chemistry techniques and theories.

SEA-PHAGES 2019 logo by student
SEA-PHAGES logo created by Trevor McMullen from Cohort 8.2.

The University of West Florida is one of 177 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, laboratory techniques and theories will support the biological aspects of discovery-based isolation and the study of novel bacteriophages. These are the viruses that infect bacteria. This two-semester research-based course provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students 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 each spring and up to 18 students will be selected to participate.

SEA-PHAGES participant students will obtain credits in Biology I and II lab (Fall BSC2010L and Spring BSC2011L) or their equivalents depending on students’ majors. 

Admission Requirements

  • Incoming Freshmen students for Fall 2023
  • Minimum GPA-3.4/4.0 scale
  • Minimum ACT composite of 26 or SAT composite of 1260
  • Apply below and submit an 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

Priority consideration deadline:
APRIL 30, 2023.   

The application login credentials are your MyUWF username and password.  If you experience any issues with the application or logging in, please contact Kari Clifton by phone at 850.474.2111 or by email   

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