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In our Tiny Earth course, you'll study soil to find the next antibiotics, which solves a world crisis and helps your community. But Tiny Earth will also help drive your personal goals: you can develop your research skills and become more confident as a student.

A student using a microscope.

2023-2024 Events

A student looking into a microscope in a lab.

Tiny Earth: Skill Development*

August 7-18, 2023, 9am-12pm

  • Start the summer after your junior year.
  • Develop skills to help prepare for conducting Tiny Earth research in the fall.
  • Credit option: BIO 298 Independent Study (1 credit, in-person).

*Summer is a pre-requisite for fall; you must commit to full program.

A student writing down data from vials.

Continued: Student Research

Fall 2023, Tuesdays, 4:15pm-6:00pm

  • Start fall of your senior year
  • Conduct your own Tiny Earth research by identifying bacteria in the soil that can cure antibiotic-resistant diseases.
  • Credit option: BIO 298 Independent Study (2 credits, in-person).
Multiple students doing research with vials.


Spring 2024, date & time TBD

Credit option: HUM BIOL 217: Human Disease & Society (3-credits, online).

Tiny Earth Symposium

Join student researchers throughout the state to showcase your research at the Tiny Earth Winter Symposium at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2023.

Symposium Registration  

Meet a

Maritza Lopez has followed Tiny Earth from high school to college. "It was really fun in the lab, we were given the liberty to experiment—the laboratory was our play area."

Maritza Lopez
UW-Green Bay Student

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Professor Brian Merkel

Let's Connect

If you have questions about our upcoming events, don't hesitate to contact Professor Brian Merkel, chair of human biology and Tiny Earth instructor.

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