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Help combat antibiotic resistance.

Through our partnership with Green Bay West High School, Tiny Earth helps students engage in an international research program starting the summer after their junior year to help discover novel antibiotics. You'll learn about microbiology and soil research through hands-on experiences led by UW-Green Bay faculty.

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Develop the research skills of a college student as a high schooler through our Tiny Earth classes.

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What is the Antibiotic Crisis?

Germs like bacteria and fungi can develop resistance to the drugs designed to kill them – it’s called antimicrobial resistance. According to the CDC, this resistance killed at least 1.27 million people worldwide and is associated with nearly 5 million deaths in 2019. If antibiotics lose their effectiveness, we might not be able to treat infections. That’s why your work here at Tiny Earth is essential to public health and safety.

A student using a microscope.Lisa Merkel helping a student with a microscope.Dripping water on a microscope slide.A student taking a picture of what they see in the microscope lens.

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Present your research and hear from international experts.

Students from across the state share their findings at our Tiny Earth symposium. This year, our keynote speaker is Dr. Ashok Rai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health, a physician-led, physician-owned multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System hospitals across Wisconsin.

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Jasmin Martinez-Hernandez, Junior at Green Bay West High School

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"The Tiny Earth project at UW-Green Bay has helped me in my studies in high school because college students are participating in the things that I am doing. So me, as a junior in high school, it's given me much more confidence. I walk into a test and I feel like I've got this. I've done microbiology. I'm doing the things that college students have done in high school, and it makes me feel on top of the world."

Jasmin Martinez-Hernandez
Junior at Green Bay West High School

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Professor Brian Merkel

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Meet Professor Brian Merkel, chair of human biology and Tiny Earth instructor. He's currently working toward to become one of a few certified instructors to teach the Tiny Earth curriculum to other educators.

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