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      Non-STEM undergraduates become enthusiastic phage-hunters.

      CBE Life Sciences Education

      Adult, Research, ultrastructure, isolation & purification, genetics, Mycobacteriophages, Male, Humans, Female, Data Mining, Computational Biology, education, Biological Science Disciplines

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          To increase science literacy and appreciation among nonscience majors, we offered a course in which 20 non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) undergraduates participated in a unique, two-semester research experience. Each student isolated and characterized his or her own bacteriophage from soil samples. One bacteriophage was selected for sequencing and together, the class annotated the genome of the newly sequenced bacteriophage. The class produced a group poster and gave PowerPoint presentations, and one student presented the joint work at a science symposium.

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          19952096
          2786278
          10.1187/cbe.09-07-0052

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