The Small World Initiative
Through our association with Yale, we are able to provide students with an authentic research experience in their first semester at Florida Southern College.
Florida Southern College has a collaborative project with Yale University called the Small World Initiative. This project focuses on one of the most pressing problems facing the global community: antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
Through the Small World Initiative, students will search for novel antibiotics produced by common soil microorganisms. This experience not only teaches students important laboratory techniques and skills, but also provides an outstanding opportunity to experience the scientific method firsthand, and to contribute to solving a pressing and ongoing health crisis. Students have expanded on these experiences later in their academic careers to develop more detailed research projects, and have presented their findings at national scientific meetings.