Become a Sponsor

What is the Small World Initiative?

The Small World Initiative (SWI) is an innovative program that inspires and retains students in the sciences while addressing one of the most pressing global health challenges of our century – the diminishing supply of effective antibiotics. SWI centers around an introductory biology course in which students perform hands-on field and laboratory research on soil samples in the hunt for new antibiotics.

In as few as five years, SWI has grown rapidly to include more than 250 participating schools across 41 US states, Puerto Rico, and 15 countries. In studies, our course has been shown to improve grades and increase confidence and performance, especially among women and minorities. Importantly, SWI follows evidence-based recommendations from NSF, AAAS, and PCAST.

SWI’s 5th Annual Symposium will bring together hundreds of faculty and students who will forge new relationships, share innovative practices, and explore opportunities for future collaboration.  The Symposium will be held at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and will include a student poster competition, tapas talks and a keynote address. Students have the opportunity to win scientific awards and present their original research at our Annual Symposium.

In addition, the 2018 Symposium will offer students and instructors opportunities to engage with Madison’s vibrant biotech community represented by local, regional and national life sciences firms intrigued by SWI and excited to discuss our initiative’s research and discovery. This collaboration among students, business leaders, and higher ed will serve as a great opportunity to for job opportunities for students upon graduation.  Finally, we are pleased to partner with UW-Athletics and explore AMR’s impact on collegiate athletes and athletics.

Sponsorship Packages

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Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

TITLE $10,000

  • Sponsor’s name included in the symposium title
  • Press release issued highlighting the sponsor, partnership with SWI and UW Athletics
  • Prominently display the sponsor’s logo
  • Full-page feature/advertisement in the front of the program book
  • Keynote talk featured in online and print information
  • All other benefits below


  • Sponsors’ logo printed on front of and program book
  • Dedicated e-blast to SWI community highlighting high-level sponsors
  • Thank you/recognition from the stage during symposium opening/closing
  • Up to half page Platinum Sponsor information/logo in the program book
  • All other benefits below

DIAMOND $2,500

  • Sponsors’ logo on the program book’s back
  • 500-character Diamond Sponsor information/logo in the program book
  • Sponsor’s logo on all promotional materials, including e-blasts
  • Sponsor’s logo on digital signage at the event
  • All other benefits below

GOLD $1,000

  • Sponsor’s logo inside front cover of program book
  • 200-character Gold Sponsor information/logo in the program book
  • Promotional materials inserted in the symposium bag
  • All other benefits below

TABLE $500

  • Sponsor logo on event signage, program booklet, etc. (event PowerPoint)
  • Sponsor logo and information on SWI website and in all event communication
  • Sponsor logo on table