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Rockford College professor awarded state grant to continue local wastewater research

Friday, June 14, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 6/14/2013
Contact – Director of Communications, Rita Elliott 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill. – Assistant Professor of Biology Troy Skwor, Ph.D., has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies for the project, "Determining Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance among Potentially Pathogenic Strains of Bacteria from Influent and Effluent of Wastewater Treatment Plant Compared to the Receiving Aquatic Reservoir.”

Troy Skwor, Ph.D.





These funds will provide the supplies needed for Dr. Skwor's research lab in continuing research collaborations with the local Rock River Water Reclamation District. The research project focuses on determining the influence of human wastewater on antibiotic resistance within our local Rock River, and identifies if these strains have the ability to cause human disease.

In addition, the grant, along with Rockford College Student-Faculty Summer Research Awards, are funding the following six Rockford College undergraduate and graduate students this summer:

  • Jason Haggerty, Belvidere, Illinois
  • Jenilee Johnson, Sycamore, Illinois
  • Sarah Stringer, Rockford, Illinois
  • Lauren Hyser, Belvidere, Illinois
  • Mercedes Hansen, Rockford, Illinois
  • Abby Menke, Roscoe, Illinois

Numerous Rockford College students have been associated with this research project over the past year, resulting in multiple poster presentations and an oral presentation at the Watercon conference held this past spring in Springfiled, Ill., with Jenilee Johnson taking first place in the poster competition and at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Annual Research Day with students being awarded the Dean’s Council Award.

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