WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS THAT THE SMALL WORLD INITIATIVE PROVIDES?
Acceptance into the Small World Initiative provides numerous benefits to Partner Instructors and their students.
Regularly updated instructional materials that maintain a standard of excellence for teaching SWI’s introductory biology course. This includes our Instructor Guidebook and Instructional Materials, Student Guide, and Research Protocols.
In-person weeklong training workshop for approved Partner Instructors with qualified trainers and engaging content
Advice and Assistance
Access to experts to answer questions surrounding implementation
Answers to FAQs
Continuously expanding pipeline of opportunities for students to present research, attend conferences and events, publish, receive recognition, be mentored, and apply for internships, fellowships, and jobs
Partner Instructor Opportunities
Continuously expanding pipeline of opportunities for Partner Instructor to publish, speak, lead, and collaborate with other Partner Instructors
Participation in a large and dynamic community of professionals all teaching a cutting-edge course and working jointly on antibiotic development
Awards and recognition of star Partner Instructors
Mentoring for incoming Partner Instructors (Mentor Program)
Introductory Course to Increase STEM Majors & Impact Underrepresented Talent Pools
SWI’s introductory biology course is based on peer-reviewed research demonstrating that this model is more successful at encouraging students to pursue STEM majors (NSF, AAAS, PCAST). Further, it is particularly impactful on women and minorities, talent pools that are underrepresented in STEM fields. Evaluation results from 2013-2014, analyzed by an external evaluator at the LEAD Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Education Research, have been extremely positive. In March 2016, the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education published an article that supported our educational impact and found that our program improved students’ lecture grades and critical thinking skills test scores.
Use of an online database that allows students to input research data
Curated website (smallworldinitiative.org), blog, Facebook groups and pages, YouTube Channel, Twitter, LinkedIN
Gold star instruments are provided to measure SWI’s impact on students and to capture science outputs
Publishing opportunities for Partner Instructors on innovative teaching
Assistance with Institutional Review Board
Negotiated Pricing, DIRTT Lab, & Throughput
Internal and negotiated pricing for access to Yale’s DNA Sequencing Lab
Negotiated arrangements for reduced pricing for certain laboratory equipment, materials, and testing (This may only be available in some countries.)
Development of a throughput and educational laboratory are in the works, which will allow Partner Instructors to send flagged samples for additional testing.
Membership in an innovative global effort to combat one of the world’s most pressing health challenges and participation in pipeline to discover new antibiotics
Participating schools are featured on website.
Opportunities for Partner Instructors to participate on and lead SWI Committees (e.g., Science, Publishing