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Learn what our current students are saying about the PHAGES laboratory program.

Who can participate in the PHAGES program?
All students planning to graduate with a Biology or Chemistry degree from Ouachita Baptist University, including pre-health professions students, are eligible to participate.

How will this program benefit me if I participate?
HHMI PHAGES students will conduct cutting-edge research, gaining invaluable independent research, critical thinking and communication skills.  Additionally, participating students are well prepared for introductory and upper level Biology courses.

What will I do while enrolled in this program?
Students will isolate bacteriophages from the environment, purify their DNA, and prepare the isolated DNA samples for sequence analysis

How will this enrollment in this program affect my course schedule?
The PHAGES laboratory meets Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4p in the fall semester.

How many credit hours will I earn as a student in this program?
Students will earn 5 credit hours for the zoology lecture and the PHAGES laboratory in the fall semester.

Will this experience count for credit toward graduation?
Yes.  Students who enroll in the PHAGES program will receive credit that will count toward both the Biology major and toward graduation.

Will there be an additional cost for this program?
No, this laboratory will have the same lab fees as other Biology laboratories.

What other schools are involved in the HHMI SEA PHAGES program?
Twelve full member schools, listed below, were selected to join the HHMI SEA PHAGES program annually from 2008 through 2011.  Several associate member schools have also joined the SEA PHAGES program, although Ouachita remains the only member school in Arkansas.

Cohort 1, 2008:
Carnegie Mellon University
The College of William and Mary
Hope College
James Madison University
Oregon State University
Spelman College
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Washington University in St. Louis

Cohort 2, 2009:
Brigham Young University
Cabrini College
Calvin College
Georgia State University
Lehigh University
North Carolina State University
St. Joseph’s University
University of Colorado
University of Montana
University of North Texas
University of Puerto Rico
Western Kentucky University

Cohort 3, 2010:
Baylor University
Bucknell University
Culver-Stockton College
Gonzaga University
Jacksonville State University
Loyola-Marymount University
North Carolina Central University
Purdue University
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Texas-El Paso
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Virginia Commonwealth University

Cohort 4, 2011:
Brown University
Carthage College
College of St. Scholastica
Georgia Gwinnett College
Johns Hopkins University
Montclair State University
Ohio State University
Ouachita Baptist University
Southern Connecticut State University
University of Florida
Washington State University
Xavier University of Louisiana