Welcome to Tiny Earth!

Tiny Earth is a network of instructors and students focused on
crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery from soil.

The challenges are huge…

Today we are fighting a shortage of effective antibiotics as “superbugs” evolve resistance to our most-used antibiotics. Simultaneously, we face a shortage of science trainees as unengaging introductory science courses fail to retain some of the best and brightest students in STEM fields.

but the solutions start tiny.

Unearthing new antibiotic-producing microbes from the soil can address a worldwide health threat while inspiring students to pursue careers in science. Tiny Earth brings the potential for global impact through original laboratory and field research conducted in introductory courses.

Inspirational Research
Tiny Earth students from Gaston College were featured in this article from Community College Daily. The students presented their work at the national poster session of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative.
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Tiny Earth initiative to fight shortage of new antibiotics heads to Beloit College
Beloit College is joining the push to mitigate one of the most critical public health crises facing the world: antibiotic resistance.
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Tiny Earth: Advancing antibiotic discoveries through undergraduate research
In the course at UW-Madison, students are encouraged to develop their own ideas for finding which variables influence antibiotic production in bacteria.
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Our Network
Tiny Earth is a global network of students and instructors dedicated to discovering new antibiotics from soil and creating engaging laboratory coursework.
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