The Wiedenheft Lab

Recruiting High School Students and Teachers for a
“Wild Virus Hunt”

The aim of this project is to engage high school students in a three-day basic virology laboratory course at Montana State University. A viral isolation team consisting of a high school science teacher and three students will be required to collect a 50-milliliter sample from their local wastewater treatment facility (written permission for sample collection is required). The students will bring these samples to MSU and each team will compete in a viral isolation contest against teams from other Montana schools. Each team will be instructed on how to use their wastewater samples to infect E. coli cultures, perform plaque assays, isolated viral clones, purify phages and visualize phages using transmission electron microscopy.

Interested in participating?

Please apply at
Question can be directed to [email protected] (Subject: MT Wild Virus Hunt).
Class size is limited and applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.
Application deadline is April 1st

Practical Matters:

Dates: Arrive June 26th; Depart afternoon June 28th
Locations: Montana State University, Lewis Hall room 211, Bozeman MT 59717
Cost: Dorm rooms, meal plans and reagents will be provided. Students and teachers are responsible for their own travel expenses.