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The SEA-PHAGES Program
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(Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science)

     SEA-PHAGES is a two-semester, discovery-based undergraduate research course that begins with simple digging in the soil to find new viruses, but progresses through a variety of microbiology techniques and eventually to complex genome annotation and bioinformatic analyses.

     The program aims to increase undergraduate interest and retention in the biological sciences through immediate immersion in authentic, valuable, yet accessible research.  By finding and naming their own bacteriophages, students develop a sense of project ownership and have a ready-made personal research project at a fraction of the cost of traditional apprentice-based research programs.  

SEA-PHAGES is jointly administered by Graham Hatfull's group at the University of Pittsburgh and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education division.

Marywood University Science Department is 1 of 104 schools in the country awarded the opportunity to participate in this program.

  • An opportunity to promote student research early in their academic career (freshman year)
  • Great for Biotechnology students, biology students, pre-med students, and any Pre-PA students that are interested in research
  • It will be offered as two honors sections (15 students in each section)
  • For the thirty students, it will replace the current General Biology Lab (BIOL 150L/BIOL 151L) providing a project that:
    • Allows students to know they are engaged in a real scientific problem
    • The data the student is generating is important to the scientific community
    • The student discoveries will contribute to the scientific community
  • The program is awarded and funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
  • The experiment is designed by HHMI
  • Full-time Marywood faculty will be trained by HHMI to conduct the course
  • The course is designed to isolate, identify, and sequence new bacteriophages from nature
  • Students will gain research experience in:
    • Genetics, microbiology, virology, bioinformatics, cellular biology
  • Students can apply to present their data at a national SEA-PHAGES symposium
  • Having this experience will:
    • Prepare students for upper level biology courses
    • Prepare students for pursuing independent research
    • Make students application to Medical Schools or PhD programs more competitive
  • At Marywood, independent research experiences working with faculty are highly encouraged.  These experiences will help prepare students when applying to PhD programs in any discipline of science.  Over the past sever years, many of our students have been accepted to PhD programs.  These include:  Lehigh University, University of Delaware, University of Notre Dame, Penn State Hershey, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Temple University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Berkeley, North Carolina State, University of North Carolina, University of Binghamton, University of Massachusetts.

Recent News

Remodeling Buildings into Modern, Sustainable STEM Facilities

A Tradeline article from 8-13-14, featuring Marywood's science lab, discusses how cost and energy savings can be achieved without new construction.


Severe Weather Policy

Although Marywood University is committed to keeping its campus open at all times, inclement weather may result in necessary cancellations.  Cancellation announcements will specify classes, offices, and/or special events.

Classes

If a decision is made

  • to delay opening until 10:00 a.m., the published compressed schedule will be in effect;
  • to delay opening until 11:30 a.m. or later, the regular schedule will be in effect for the remainder of the day. 

If a particular class does not follow a standard starting time, the individual instructor should determine the meeting time closest to the standard for that day of the week.

It is understood that weather conditions can vary by geographic location.  Therefore, in times of inclement weather, when University classes are in session, students and faculty members should use their own discretion in determining whether it is safe to travel to campus. 

Accordingly and preferably, when a faculty member cancels an individual class, he/she should notify the students a minimum of ninety minutes before the start of the class meeting time.  The faculty member should notify his/her Department Chair and Dean at that time.  Similarly, a student should notify the faculty member that he/she will be absent from a class as a result of severe weather conditions.  This notice should also be given in a timely fashion, preferably ninety minutes before the meeting time of the missed class.  Where possible, the student should be afforded the opportunity to make up missed class content without penalty.  It is the responsibility of the faculty member to arrange for the student to receive, by an alternate means of the faculty member’s choice, all material covered in that class.  Upon the student’s satisfactory completion of this class material, the absence will be designated an “excused absence.”

http://www.marywood.edu/registrar/compressed-.html


Members of the Marywood Community should access the following sources for official announcements:

  • Marywood University Homepage: www.Marywood.edu
  • Inclement weather Hotline: 570-961-4SNO, 570-961-4766
  • Text Messaging: e2Campus Notification System

Typically, Marywood delays the start of classes until 10:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m./Noon.

If it is determined that a delay of classes until 11:30 a.m. or later is warranted, the regular class schedule for the day will be in effect for the remainder of the day. Evening classes with a start time of 4:00 p.m. or later are not reflected in the compressed schedule.

If it is determined that a delay of classes until 10:00 a.m. is warranted, the University will follow a compressed schedule.

COMPRESSED SCHEDULE
(When classes begin at 10:00 a.m.)

NORMAL CLASS PERIOD

CLASS PERIOD ON COMPRESSED SCHEDULE

MWF 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

MWF 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

MWF 10:45 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

MWF 11:30 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

MWF 12:15 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

MWF 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.

MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

MWF 1:45 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

MWF 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

MWF 2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

MWF 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

MWF 3:15 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

 

 

TR 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

TR 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

TR 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

TR 11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

TR 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

TR 12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

TR 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

TR 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

TR 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

TR 2:40 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

If a particular class does not follow a standard starting time, the individual instructor should determine the meeting time closest to the standard for that day of the week.

Examples for Classes Delayed until 10:00 a.m.

Class is held on MWF and begins at 8:00 a.m. Classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m. Students will report to their 8:00 a.m. class at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude class at 10:35 a.m.

Class is held on a Monday from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m. Students will report to class at 10:45 a.m. and will conclude no later than 12:50 p.m. The assumption in this scenario is that the student may have another class at noon, which on a compressed schedule, would begin at 1:00 p.m.

Class is held on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m. Students would report to class at 11:10 a.m. and would conclude by 1:20 p.m. The assumption in this scenario is that the next standard scheduled meeting time is 1:00 p.m., which on a compressed schedule, would begin at 1:30 p.m.

Classes in Department X are held on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - Noon and Noon - 3:00 p.m. Given this circumstance, students would report to their 10:00 a.m. class at 11:10 a.m. and would need to conclude this class by 12:10 p.m.Students would then report to the 12:00 p.m. class at 12:20 p.m. and conclude at the regular time.

Examples for Classes Delayed until 11:30 a.m./Noon

Class is held on MWF and begins at 11:00 a.m. Classes are delayed until 12:00 p.m. The class is canceled.

Class is held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Classes are delayed until 11:30. The class is canceled. The assumption in this scenario is that the student would be coming to class for less than a thirty minute period.

Class is held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Classes are delayed until 11:30. The class would begin at 11:30 a.m. The class would begin at 11:30. The assumption in this scenario is that the student would be coming to class for more than 30 minutes.

 

Announcements

A fun look into Dr. Reggie's Anatomical Halloween party. The students created great costumes and homemade treats!!

Marywood University Science Department added 13 new photos.

2016-11-22
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Another Congratulations are in order to M&S BIOTICS. Joshua Mecca was selected to pitch at this year’s HealthTech Venture Network Conference (HTVNC) in Boston MA. Josh won this year’s prize of $25,000 and earned a spot in Texas Medical Center’s accelerator program TMCx. Josh faced competition from entrepreneurs located all over the country and was still able to represent Marywood University’s Science Department by taking first place. Josh looks forward to the TMCx program this spring.
The HealthTech Ventures Network fosters an ecosystem of leaders in the healthcare technology industry. By bringing industry veterans, innovators, and new entrepreneurs together, we can all learn, connect, and collaborate better as a whole.

2016-11-03
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Congrats to Josh Mecca and John Strauss, recipients of the Jay P Clymer alumni award for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Marywood University Science Department added 5 new photos.

2016-10-24
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