This project is a continuation of previous research students have done with Dr. Bill Staddon. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a very relevant topic currently due to the practical implications it may cause such as generation of infections that we cannot treat. This study sought to determine if there are antibiotic resistant genes around small wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) of southeastern Kentucky similar to larger places such as Fayetteville, Arkansas and Tokyo. Initially, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used. This did not yield successful results so bacteria from sediment were grown with ampicillin and oxacillin present. Now further study can be done to determine the presence of antibiotic resistant genes in southeastern Kentucky.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-11-2015


William J. Staddon

Mentor Department Affiliation

Biological Sciences

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Biological Sciences