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Honoring Deborah Swackhamer

A personal campaign sponsored by the School of Public Health


Dr. Swackhamer worked tirelessly to shape a new generation of younger faculty and students who understand, manage and care for our waters. Early in her career, she recognized the urgency of keeping our water quality safe and uncontaminated. She became a role model who championed care for the environment and was unafraid to show others how to do this. She was an ardent supporter of her students, challenging them to conduct rigorous science, while guiding them toward successful careers by connecting them with colleagues from her network. Dr. Swackhamer’s lasting mark on the scientific community will be through the many people she has inspired.

If your life or career has been shaped by Deborah Swackhamer, please consider honoring her work and her legacy with a gift to the Deborah Swackhamer, PhD Environmental Health Sciences and Policy Scholarship at the University of Minnesota today. Gifts from addresses outside the US may be more easily processed through this link: For bank wiring instructions, please email Jeff Westlund at