Each year the College identifies our outstanding graduates by program, here is the most recent list:

2010 Outstanding Graduates
 Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Health, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Environmental Science,
 Environmental Management, Applied Geographic Information Systems, and Pre-professional Chemistry. 

The 2010 Outstanding graduate in Applied Geographic Information Science is Chuck McCready.   Chuck last attended Lake Super State College in 1985 earning an Associate Degree in Natural Resources. After working in the land surveying industry for fourteen years he started his own cartography and GIS consulting business in 2004.  In the fall of 2008 Chuck returned to LSSU to pursue a BS degree in the newly created Applied Geographic Information program. Chuck’s senior research project was a geospatial distribution analysis of applicants to LSSU.  This study will help the university better understand its potential student market and lays the foundation for further research into how place influences the conversion of university applicants into students.  Chuck plans to continue to grow his consulting business, No Boundaries Maps and Graphics, and resides in Sault Ste. Marie with his wife Bev and daughter Theresa. 

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The 2010 Outstanding graduate in Forensic Chemistry is Rachael Cunningham.  Rachael graduated from Novi High School in Novi, Michigan. Rachael completed their senior research project by developing a method of detecting blastomyces dermatitidis in soil using PCR. This study lays the foundation for further studying blastomyces dermatitidis in soil samples from endemic regions in northern Michigan.  Rachael is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Rachael recently was selected to go to MSU to train in qPCR techniques and assisted in their cow bacteroides project. Rachael plans to attend graduate school in the future to study biochemistry. 

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 The 2010 Outstanding graduate in chemistry is Tyler O'Dell. Tyler graduated from Saline High School in Saline, Michigan. He has been an active leader at Anchorhouse Christian Fellowship. He completed his senior research on the use of microreactors to produce pharmaceutical precursors. He was the recipient of a GRO Fellowship for Undergraduates sponsored by the EPA.  Tyler completed a summer working in Cinncinati for the EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory, and spent a summer in San Francisco with the American Chemical Society's Nuclear Summer School. Tyler will be pursuing his PhD at Washington State University in the Fall. 

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The 2010 Outstanding graduate in Environmental Chemistry is Marci Leanne Savage.   Marci graduated from White Pines Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario,  and has been active during her time at LSSU in the Chemistry and Environmental Club, Investment Club, Pre-Professional Society, Honors Society, Alpha Chi Sorority, Learning Center, a member of the American Water Works Association and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and is a volunteer at Pathways Retirement Home.   While at LSSU, she has  worked at the Learning Center as a tutor and supplemental instructor, learning her advanced tutoring certification and winning the Margaret Hagg Memorial Scholarship.  She was a recipient of the Ontario Honors Scholarship for four years.  Marci completed her senior research by standardizing a method to fluorescently detect pharmaceuticals and personal care products in drinking water.  This study helped to prepare  her for her graduate studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi to conduct biodiesel research with Dr. Paul Zimba.  She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Chemistry and Chemistry, magna cum laude, with minors in Economics and Mathematics, graduating as part of the Honors Society.  

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The 2010 Outstanding graduate in Environmental Management is Michael Kamin. Michael graduated from Escanaba Area High School in Escanaba. He also graduated from Bay de Noc Community college in 2007 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resource Management. Michael’s senior research project was studying the effects of cement powder on soil and water quality. This study helped a cement company based in Marquette, Michigan get a better idea of the quality of their waste product. Michael is an active member of the American Water Works Association – Michigan Section. He plans to find a job in the water treatment field, he currently resides in Escanaba, Michigan.   

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The 2010 Outstanding graduate in Geology is Christopher Dankoff.   Chris and has been active in the Geology Club and completed two intensive field camps.  He has left already to start his graduate program at the University of Nevada in Reno with research in structural controls related to geothermal energy in association with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. 

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