Our Mission

Our Mission

The Small World Initiative seeks to harness the collective power of student researchers across the globe to discover new antibiotics from soil microorganisms, living up to its motto “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery”. The program offers undergraduate students an authentic research experience, built into first- and second-year life science courses, where they explore the biological and chemical diversity of local soil environments. While antibiotic discovery and development take longer than a semester, the collective effort of many students increases the chance of identifying potential candidates for new drugs.

Project Goals

1Increase retention in college
2Inspire students to pursue science
3Train future scientists

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