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Tiny Earth Network/Biology Research at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!


From the Florida Southern College website, 2023: “Florida Southern College is proud to be a long-time member of the Tiny Earth Network! The Tiny Earth Network is a global association of instructors and students around the world all looking to ‘studentsource’ the discovery of novel antibiotic-producing bacteria from diverse soil environments. All students that enroll in BIO 1500 Biological Essentials, our introductory Biology course for majors, will join 10,000 other students from around the United States and the world in an authentic research project that seeks to address the growing antibiotic resistance public health crisis. Students will gain experience performing real scientific research right from the start of their collegiate Biology education. During the semester in their Tiny Earth lab, students will isolate bacteria from a soil sample they collect, screen for bacteria capable of producing antibiotics, start identifying these bacteria by analyzing parts of their DNA sequence, and perform basic chemical extraction methods to begin purifying the antibiotic produced by the bacteria. Interesting antibiotic-producing organisms can be saved, and students will have the opportunity to continue researching their organisms during the remainder of their time at FSC!



“TOP REASONS [to choose Florida Southern for Biology]


“Original Biology Research

During your collaborative biology research with our biology faculty, you have the opportunity to publish, and present your own original biology research at regional and national conferences.


“Internship Opportunities

Many of our biology majors are interested in health professions such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, and physical therapy. Students have completed an internship that hones their knowledge and experience in these fields by working at local clinics or organizations.


“Graduate Acceptance

Our biology graduates are accepted into the nation’s top medical, dental, and veterinary schools such as, Duke, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, and Auburn.


“Learning Community

All of our first-year students begin by developing a camaraderie with other biology majors through their learning communities. Learning communities are designed to help students persist in their studies and are focused on problem-based, integrative, and collaborative learning.


“State-of-the-Art Biology Instrumentation Our biology research labs grant you a hands-on experience using the latest state-of-the-art instrumentation.


“LECOM Agreement

Our accelerated program agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine provides priority admission to qualified students.”


Florida Southern is one of the colleges featured in my new book (click image for additional information):



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