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Tiny Earth at UW-Green Bay

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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.

Tiny Earth Symposium

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. David Andes, a faculty member and chief of the Division of Infectious Disease within the Department of Medicine, as well as the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

2022 Symposium
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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"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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Jasmin Martinez-Hernandez, Junior at Green Bay West High School
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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