Upcoming Events

Now accepting applications for SPRING 2016 PHAGES course!  Freshmen interested in conducting research in the UNT SEA-PHAGES program may apply to enroll in the fall sections of BIOL 1750 - Introductory Biology Research Laboratory I.  Applications available here.  Apply now - limited seats.

Classroom Research Laboratory for Spring 2016: Apply now for BIOL 3900 Advanced Research in Life Sciences for Spring 2016.  This semester the topic is Advanced Bacteriophage Genetics taught by Dr. Lee Hughes.  Applications and requirements available here.

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UNT-HHMI Program Overview

Through grants to UNT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the University of North Texas is developed several programs to provide  research opportunities to undergraduate Biology and Biochemistry majors and provide transfer students with the tools necessary to transition to university-level science successfully. [ Note: Please be aware that the PHAGES program is actively accepting applications at this time as of Fall 2015.]  

Undergraduate Researchers Program- The UNT-HHMI Undergraduate Research Program began in Spring 2011, and offers current UNT students the opportunity to engage in a PAID research experience in the laboratory of an active biology or biochemistry researcher at UNT. Students are paid $10 an hour, and spend 8 hours a week during fall and spring semesters performing research, and 40 hours a week over the 10 week summer semester. Students also receive stipends for printing research posters, support for travel to a conference, and a stipend for laboratory supplies. [Note: The URP program is not accepting applications as of Fall 2015.]  

Summer Transitions Program for Community College Students-  The Transitions Summer Workshop targets 16 community college students who are completing their first year of college-level science coursework. The program provides these students with academic success skills and an introduction to research methods at the university level.   This is held on the UNT campus in Denton.  Students receive a $1,500 stipend for their participation. The experience is 5 weeks long and is conducted in June and early July. [Note: Our second program, transition summer research experience is not being offered in 2015 at this time as of Fall 2015.]

Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES)-The PHAGES program provides a year-long research experience for freshmen. Participants isolate bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) from a soil sample of their choosing, characterize their phage isolate, and perform genetic analysis on the genome sequence of one or more of these phage. Biology and biochemistry majors receive credit that can be used to satisfy a portion of their Natural Sciences and Discovery core curriculum requirements.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator:

Email: UNT-HHMI@unt.edu

Phone: (940) 369-7261

Office: Life Sciences A223

Program Director: Dr. Lee Hughes

Email: lhughes@unt.edu

Phone: (940) 565-4137

Ofice: Life Sciences A223

Mailing Address:                     

University of North Texas

UNT-HHMI Program Office

Department of Biological Sciences

155 Union circle #305220

Denton, TX 76203-5017

Howards Hughes Medical Institute letters.