Our new Course-based Undergraduate Research Education (CURE) course is up and running!

dsc_0761.2Geaux Viral Lab graduate student extraordinaire Sophie Jurgensen is leading our new CURE course! She is teaching introductory biology lab students about marine viruses by introducing them to reading scientific literature, analyzing data from our research cruise to the East Pacific oxygen minimum zone, and collecting and processing water samples from around the LSU campus.
Earlier this week, all 56 students got to collect water samples from around campus and then use epifluorescence microscopy to enumerate the viruses and bacteria in the samples.  It was a very long day, but worth it!