SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Selected to Participate in Research Project

(Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 5, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is one of 10 schools that has been selected this year to participate in a research project with Tufts University to test the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment (PARE). The project also encourages participating schools to work in conjunction with a high school to help foster interest in science and research.

Eric Warrick, an assistant professor in the department of natural sciences at SCF, will lead the project. He has selected State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) as the high school partner on the project. The PARE instructor for SCFCS is Jamie Brennan. As part of their research, students collect soil samples and use classic microbiological laboratory techniques to determine the relative number of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Many instructors choose to expand the project in subsequent years by adding on follow-up experiments, data analysis or student presentations. Partnerships are formed between college undergraduate classrooms and high school biology classes to bridge social and professional connections for both students and faculty.

“This is going to give our students in all of my microbiology sessions an opportunity to conduct an authentic research project,” Warrick said. “Students will gain a better appreciation for the bacteria around them and be more aware of multiple antibiotic-resistant bacteria and how prevalent they are in the environment.”

The students’ findings will be entered into a national database at Tufts University, allowing researchers to see where antibiotic-resistant bacteria is more prevalent and to analyze why that is the case.

“Their data will be used in a meaningful way,” Warrick added. “This also is a great way to expose high school students to how data is used and the science is done, and spark their interest in doing science one day. They will have the same exact experience about how science is done as the college students.”

The research is slated to start by the beginning of February. For more information contact Warrick at or 941-752-5564.

SCF will contribute new data to this map.

SCF and SCFCS students will contribute new data to this map this year.

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