Students in the Introductory Microbiology Course at Baton Rouge Community College will present research findings on new antibiotics in the environment at a poster forum to be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 10:45 a.m. to noon in the lobby of the Cypress Building on BRCC’s Mid City campus, 201 Community College Drive. The research, sparked by the prominence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, is part of BRCC’s involvement with the Small World Initiative (SWI), under the direction of Professor Dr. Mary Miller.
The mission of SWI is to encourage students to pursue careers in science and increase scientific literacy through real-world applicable laboratory and field research in introductory courses, and 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.
BRCC has been a part of the SWI program since 2013 and was the first school in Louisiana and one of the first community colleges in the United States to institute the program. The poster forum is part of a SWI partnership with Yale University, American Society for Microbiology, National Institutes of Health, and University of Connecticut.