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Palm Beach State College team creates award winning site to enhance microbiology education through FAU competition

Palm Beach State College students Jean Elysee Dorsainville and Jonathan “Jonah” Guarnizo, and professors Stefania Volpe and Dr. Nirthieca Suthakaran, were the winners of the PBSC track of Florida Atlantic University’s Wave Program.

The program is an applied research and entrepreneurial competition that challenges students to develop projects that solve real-world problems.  This is the second year that PBSC students have participated in the competition, which allows PBSC students to connect with FAU resources and networks.

Their project, the MicroBiome Portal, is a social networking website designed to enhance microbiology education.

The platform empowers students to explore and share microorganisms found in their experiments by contributing to a comprehensive user-generated online database. The website is a collaborative space, enriched with interactive visualization tools and dynamic forums.

Dorsainville and Guarnizo were advised by professors Volpe and Suthakaran and received a $1,000 prize sponsored by the Foundation for PBSC.

Other PBSC students who entered were Alecia Leiba for her project of “The One Love Project” and Dual Enrollment student Pavel Bazhutov for his project “Wine Chef – AI Voice Sommelier.”

The FAU Wave Program competition was made possible through the Foundation for PBSC, Provost and Dean of Student Services Van Williams, and the Dr. Eric H. Shaw FAU Wave Excellence in Innovation Award Endowment Fund. It is also supported under FAU’s Division of Research led by Vice President of Research Dr. Daniel Flynn.

For more information about PBSC in the FAU Waves Program, please contact Nettles at


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