Small World Initiative

Our Mission

The Small World Initiative (SWI) strives to combine technology, science, and innovation to make meaningful and measurable improvements in the global education and healthcare landscape.

The mission of the program is twofold.

First, it seeks to encourage students to pursue careers in science through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses.

Second, it aims to address a worldwide health threat – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics – by tapping into the collective power of many student researchers concurrently tackling the same challenge, living up to its motto “crowdsourcing antibiotic discovery.”

“Replace standard laboratory courses with discovery-based research courses”
— PCAST, Engage to Excel Report (2012)

News

SWI Symposium Registration Open Now!
SWI Symposium Registration Open Now!
Do Something About Antibiotics Challenge Winners
Do Something About Antibiotics Challenge Winners
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College featured on local CBS affiliate
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College featured on local CBS affiliate
SWI Symposium Registration Open Now!
SWI Symposium Registration Open Now!
Registration for the Fifth Annual Small World Initiative Symposium in Madison, WI, is now open! Find out more about the Symposium and register here.
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Do Something About Antibiotics Challenge Winners
Do Something About Antibiotics Challenge Winners
Winning Teams Honorable Mentions Best Lab Feature National University – SWIPI: Dr. Ana Maria Barral Team: Melissa Duran, Karina Ramirez, Carla Torres, & Nina Arutyunyan Best Original...
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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College featured on local CBS affiliate
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College featured on local CBS affiliate
http://www.wearegreenbay.com/news/local-news/nwtc-students-searching-for-new-antibiotics/976054096
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Microbial Crafts: A Small World Initiative Success Story at McGill – by Paul-Enguerrand “Pablo” Fady, McGill University
by Paul-Enguerrand "Pablo" FadyIn November 2016, the Small World Initiative (SWI, pronounced “swee”) teamed up with The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and launched...
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PRESS RELEASE: With Global Leaders at UN Committing to Act on Antimicrobial Resistance, the Small World Initiative Challenges Others to Join Us in Taking Action
We are on the precipice of entering a post-antibiotic era, when a scraped knee or common infection may prove deadly for an otherwise healthy individual....
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The University of Connecticut Hosts 4th Annual Small World Initiative Training Workshop – by Debra Davis, Wingate University
by Debra Davis On the heels of another successful and well-attended Small World Initiative (SWI) Annual Symposium at ASM Microbe, the 4th Annual SWI Training...
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists – A Conversation with Dr. Susan K. Whoriskey – by Erika Kurt, Small World Initiative
DR. SUSAN K. WHORISKEY (CENTER) WITH DR. NICHOLE BRODERICK (LEFT) – ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT – AND ERIKA...
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Taking the Small World Initiative to the Middle East – by Todd Kelson, Brigham Young University
by Todd Kelson In June 2015, Simon Hernandez and I traveled to the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid and spent 5 days...
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