Welcome to Tiny Earth!

Tiny Earth Summer 2021 Symposium | June 2-4, 2021 | Students, present your Tiny Earth research! | June 2-3 is for students and TEPIs | June 4 is for TEPIs only | Check it out!

TEPIs: Register to access the Tiny Earth curriculum for teaching online or hybrid formats, including lab activities, videos, and interactive content.

Tiny Earth is a network of instructors and students focused on
studentsourcing 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.

Tiny Earth in the News

Tiny Earth’s 2020 Success
Tiny Earth leadership, scientists, instructors, and all those in between worked through unprecedented change to cultivate learning and research.
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UW-Green Bay Digging for Answers with Microsoft AI
Tiny Earth's global reach and goal of discovering new antibiotics caught the eye of Microsoft. The Seattle-based company provided UW-Green Bay’s Tiny Earth project with an AI for Earth grant that places Microsoft’s cloud and AI tools into the hands of students.
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Summit student researchers searching for antibiotic producing bacteria
Three Summit Country Day School students spent a portion of their summer researching antibiotic producing bacteria at the school’s Schiff Family Science Research Institute alongside Tiny Earth Partner Instructor Jessica Replogle, Ph.D.
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The Tiny Earth Network

Today nearly 10,000 students around the world are enrolled annually in some version of the Tiny Earth course. Explore the map below to see the locations of Tiny Earth Partner Instructors implementing Tiny Earth in dozens of US states and countries.