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Rockford University students win awards at University of Illinois - Rockford Annual Research Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  
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For immediate release – 4/15/14
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374

Rockford, Ill., — Several Rockford University students be presented at the 19th Annual Research Day at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford on Wednesday, April 16. Research Day is intended as a way for students, faculty from the University of Illinois Rockford and researchers from regional institutions to share the research they have conducted with others.
     Students Abby Menke, Brianna Schardt, Sarah Stringer, Lauren Hyser and Jenilee Johnson each presented. Their research covered a broad range of scientific study, including photodynamic therapy on endocervical cancer cells, and isolating samples of bacteria from the Rock River to be tested. The students were assisted by Professors Troy Skwor and Matthew Bork of the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences.
     Presentations occured in the late morning, with awards presented that evening. Undergraduate students Abby Menke and Brianna Schardt tied for the College of Medicine Dean's Office Innovation in Science Research Award. Their research involved using light and various chemicals to kill bacteria and cancer cells.

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