July 07, 2014
Joshua Dimmick '15 and Grayland Godfrey '15 represented Hampden-Sydney's 2013-14 bacteriophage research class at the annual meeting of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) symposium. The SEA-PHAGES program unites 80 institutions across the United States in the common goal of better understanding how bacteriophages have evolved over time (Learn more at http://www.hhmi.org/programs/science-education-alliance and http://www.phagesdb.org). The institutions range in size from small liberal arts colleges like Hampden-Sydney to large comprehensive universities like the Ohio State University. The symposium was held at HHMI's state of the art Janelia Farm Research campus in Ashburn, Virginia.
Josh (right) and Grayland received an Honorable Mention award at the end of the symposium, placing their poster presentation in the top 10 of over 70 student posted presented and placing them in the same tier as students from Johns Hopkins, Brown, and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. The SEA-PHAGES project will once again be in place at H-SC in the fall as a new group of biology students enrolled in the biology department's Molecular and Cellular Biology course will attempt to isolate bacteriophage from the environment that target several species of the bacterial genus Bacillus.