Students that participate in this Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) start by enrolling in BMB205S in the summer before their first fall semester. The summer course allows students to learn and experience the scientific process before sitting in their first college-level science lecture. There are additional opportunities for students to continue with their first-year research experience through fall and spring course offerings. In total, there are currently three courses that are a part of the phage discovery experience.
BMB205S: a 3credit course offered during the summer for incoming first year students. This course combines a research experience with a first-year seminar component. In just six weeks during the summer, students isolate a unique virus, extract its genomic DNA (which is sequenced) and take an electron micrograph (picture) of their virus. This course was developed and is taught by Greg Broussard.
BMB 210 (Phage Genomics): This course is a 2 credit course offered during the fall semester. Students in BMB 210 learn bioinformatics by annotating a viral genome. Successfully annotated genomes are submitted to the scientific database GenBank. In addition, students in BMB 210 write a research proposal in order to explore a topic related to phage biology in more depth.
BMB 294: Students that participated in BMB 210 in the fall semester are able to enroll in BMB 294 in the spring. During this course, students carry-out their research projects under faculty supervision.