Become a Sponsor

The Small World Initiative (SWI) inspires students to pursue careers in science by harnessing their curiosity to crowdsource the discovery of new antibiotics, thereby 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.

Piloted at Yale University in 2012, within just five years, SWI has grown to include more than 250 participating schools across 41 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 15 countries. Part of the value of SWI is its potential impact on increasing the supply of STEM majors to meet workforce demands. The President’s Council on Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have stressed the shortage of trained scientists for the future workforce and placed high priority on teaching more research courses such as SWI. Studies show that taking research courses like SWI improves students’ grades, increases their confidence, and improves their retention in college and STEM majors; these effects are particularly strong among women and minorities.

SWI’s 5th Annual Symposium will bring together hundreds of faculty and students to forge new relationships, share innovative practices, and explore opportunities for future collaboration. The Symposium will take place on June 21-22, 2018 at UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Events include a student poster competition, tapas talks, and a keynote address. Students will also have the opportunity to compete for scientific awards and present their original research at the Annual Symposium.

The 2018 Symposium will offer students and faculty opportunities to engage with Madison’s vibrant biotech community – represented by local, regional, and national life sciences companies intrigued by SWI’s innovative discovery learning model. In turn, the gathering will offer potential employers a chance to meet some of the country’s most motivated, curious, and well-trained undergraduate STEM students from across Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the rest of the country.

Finally, we are pleased to partner with UW-Athletics to explore the impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on collegiate athletes and athletics. Symposium participants will be able to tour UW-Athletic facilities and hear directly from UW Sports Medicine Staff members about the impacts of AMR.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

Event Sponsorships
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Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison

All sponsorship levels include:

  • Logo on event registration form and invitation
  • Logo prominently displayed on event signage, program booklet, pre-program PowerPoint
  • Recognition by speakers in the program
  • Highlighted in pre- and post-event promotion emails
  • Featured in SWI newsletter, reaching nearly 10,000 participants

TITLE $10,000

  • Sponsor name included in the symposium title
  • Press release issued highlighting the title sponsor, partnership with SWI and UW-Athletics
  • Full-page feature/advertisement in the front of the program book
  • Live speaking opportunity to open the program and introduce the keynote speaker
  • 5 customized posts featuring your company on a variety of WID social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

PLATINUM $5,000

  • Sponsor logo printed on front of program book
  • Live speaking opportunity to close the program
  • Half-page sponsor information & logo in the program book
  • 3 customized posts featuring your company on a variety of WID social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

DIAMOND $2,500

  • Sponsor logo on the program book’s back
  • Quarter page sponsor information & logo in the program book
  • 2 customized posts featuring your company on a variety of WID social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

GOLD $1,000

  • Sponsor logo inside front cover of program book
  • 1 customized post featuring your company on a variety of WID social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

TABLE SPONSOR $500

  • Sponsor logo on event signage & program booklet
  • Sponsor logo on table