Epidemiological Research/Tiny Earth

Join the Spring/Summer Research Project that is a collaboration between the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA), Century College, Minneapolis Technical & Community College (Minneapolis College), National Science Foundation, and the 3M Foundation. 

These Spring/Summer Research projects will engage students in a short-term, introductory research experience. The program gives students a taste of authentic research early in college to prepare them for a traditional research program at a later time, such as a typical 10-week, 40-hour per week research program the following summer. Students may participate in the Spring/Summer Research and also take classes or work.

The program will potentially be 4 to 6 weeks long, where students are in the virtual/in-person lab Monday through Thursday afternoons. Some Friday afternoons may have varied meeting times due to field trip schedules.

Scholars will receive a stipend of up to $925 (contingent on participation and attendance) for 4 weeks; adjusted if 6 weeks.

Virtual Epidemiological Research: A global health crisis has arisen causing most of the world to modify and adapt much of their lives to aid this fight. We have an opportunity to focus our attention on a real-time biological challenge. Our focus will be to study epidemiology and the spread of infectious diseases. In this research experience, students will take an epidemiological approach to research. Students will look at the incidence, distribution, control of infectious disease, and look for other factors relating to its morbidity and mortality. Students will participate in virtual professional development and site tours, presentations, and designing their own epidemiological study.

In-person Tiny Earth: Tiny Earth is a network of instructors and students focused on studentsourcing antibiotic discovery from soil.  The mission of the program is two-fold: First, it seeks to inspire students to pursue careers in science through original laboratory and field research conducted in introductory courses with the potential for global impact. Second, it aims 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, living up to its motto “studentsourcing antibiotic discovery.” More information about the Tiny Earth project can be found at https://tinyearth.wisc.edu/.

Click here to view Summer 2021's Tiny Earth/Epidemiological poster presentations. 

Epidemiological Research / Tiny Earth 2022 Details (Spring & Summer)

All applications open November 1st. Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 application here. Spring applications due December 15th. Summer applications due February 28th. 

Contact nssa@umn.edu for any questions regarding the application process.


  • Be/become an LS-NSSA scholar (contact LS-NSSA Assistant Director, Crystal Lee-Thao for additional information).