Biotech Students Win STEM Poster Contest

(Bradenton, Fla., April 26, 2016) —  Two State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) biotechnology students recently won top honors in the community college group for their poster at a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summit.

Alicia Jennings and Alexandra Ladyzhensky took first place for their poster “Antibiotic Activity in Marine Bacteria.” The summit was held at Channelside in Tampa to allow Tampa Bay area academic groups to present research. Jennings and Ladyzhensky presented their research as part of their microbiology class, which is an important part of the Associate in Science biotechnology program.

The research is part of the Small World Initiative (SWI), a project originated at Yale University to combine technology, science and innovation to make meaningful and measurable improvements in the global education and health care landscape. SCF was one of 25 colleges and universities selected for the Yale SWI pilot project. The Small World Initiative focuses on isolating and identifying organisms from the environment that may have antimicrobial properties. Biotechnology students working with the SWI at SCF entered DNA sequence information into the National Institutes of Health Genetic Sequence Database as part of these ongoing projects.  

The summit brought together leaders of STEM programs from across the region to share research as well as information, programs and plans for strengthening STEM education. SCF uses research to teach scientific concepts in its natural sciences department and in the biotechnology program. By performing research rather than set experiments, students are exposed to and gain skills critical in the sciences.

SCF’s biotechnology program prepares students for careers in research and industrial environments, using advanced molecular biology techniques. For more information about the SCF Biotechnology Program, call 941-752-5341 or email

Alexandra Ladyzhensky and Alicia Jennings win Best poster for Community Colleges at STEM summit.

(From left) Alexandra Ladyzhensky and Alicia Jennings won best poster in the community college group at a recent STEM summit..

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