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Luke Fera

Luke Fera '06
Biology Major

"LSSU has a great reputation for placing students in graduate and professional schools. Many of my classmates from LSSU are now pursuing graduate and professional studies at some of the finest universities in Canada and the United States."

"The student-faculty interaction and the ability to conduct research at the undergraduate level really helped me to achieve success in a competitive graduate program. My professors at LSSU were always interested in helping us succeed."

Luke Fera of Sault Ste. Marie graduated from LSSU in 2006 with a degree in biology and is now working toward a master's degree in epidemiology at University of Western Ontario in London. He plans to continue his studies in the medical sciences.

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GRADUATES - have you completed our survey?  All graduates from programs under the School of Physical Sciences are asked to complete the survey: once at graduation and again anytime you have a change in education or employment.  We'd like to hear from you and it is really short. 

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Our chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.

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The Department of Chemistry offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in:

The Department of Chemistry also offers Associates degree programs in:

Students interested in Environmental Chemistry have the choice of completing a B.S. Chemistry with the Environmental Science Minor, or completing the B.S. Environmental Science - Chemistry Concentration. Both options can be ACS certified. (See Environmental Science Website)

Department News:

Chemistry Department acquires new Spectrophotometer

Chemistry & Environmental Science Students Present Research at Symposia

State House education appropriator eyes LSSU tech research facilities

New tool beefs up environmental research lab

LSSU faculty and students fill special issue of Great Lakes Research journal

 

 

Each summer, many of our students participate in either on-campus or off-campus internships. Internships are a great way to gain experience and new skills in your field - plus, if your internship is off-campus, you get to travel to new and exciting places. On campus internships are available through faculty research projects, the Chemical Prep lab (See Mary St. Antoine), or the Environmental Analysis Lab (See Ben Southwell). Review our list of internships from last summer here.

Investment! Chemistry IS for you! Chemistry is the central science, and the study of chemical behavior is fundamental to many applications in the other scientific disciplines. As a result, a degree in chemistry can lead to wide variety of exiting careers in drug development, forensic science, material sciences, pharmacy and medicine, toxicology, and more!

A degree in the chemical sciences continues to be a good educational investment, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a median salary for chemists of $69,700 per year. A recent study of new college graduates showed that chemsitry majors have among the best employment prospects, and some of the best starting salaries within the scientific disciplines.

The quality of a LSSU education is demonstrated by the top flight graduate and professional schools our graduates attend, such as: MIT, U.C. Berkeley, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins, UNLV, Texas A&M, Quinnipiac, Minnesota, Ohio State, Toronto, Oregon, etc.

 

Opportunity! At LSSU we offer hands on opportunities for student learning in all of our programs. We maintain a modern suite of chemical instrumentation that rivals that of many of the larger instutions in the region. And unlike many other universities, our facilities are devoted to undergradate education and student/faculty research. Combine that with our small class sizes (upper level classes typically have 8-15 students), and we offer a unique educational environment at a state university price.

All of our seniors have the opportunity to conduct a capstone research project on an area of interest to them and relevance to their professional focus. Students work closely with a faculty mentor to design a project, conduct their research, and analyze their results. Each senior presents a poster at a Friday evening forum, and a short talk at our Saturday Research Symposium.  Abstracts for these projects are available here.

Environment! Close student faculty interaction is a hallmark of a LSSU education. A great way to get to know the faculty and other students in our programs is by joining the Chemistry & Environmental Sciences Club. Chem Club meets weekly in Huron Hall, and engages in a variety of social, professional, and service activities that range from camping, to tubing to attending ACS, AAFS, or other professional conferences, and volunteering for environmental cleanups and monitoring. For information on the Chemistry & Environmental Sciences club, visit their Facebook Page!

Many of the club members also choose to live in the historic Huron Hall Living Learning Community. In addition to a convenient location across the lawn from Crawford Hall (and next to the Library!), Huron Hall features large bedrooms, full kitchens, a library/study lounge, a full screen projector (with cable TV), and WiFi internet access.

Contact Dr. Wright or Dr. Heth for information about Chem Club or Huron Hall.

1 of 24 From Across the Nation

ACS Nuclear Schemistry Summer SchoolLearn more about ACS Nuclear Chemistry Summer School
LSSU student, Jordan Ernst, was selected as one of only 24 students across the nation to participate in the American Chemical Society's “Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School”. This award includes all expenses paid for travel, housing, tuition, books and supplies as well as a stipend. Jordan is our third student to receive this honor, and is a Ph.D candidate at Michigan State University. Nicholas Smith (LSSU graduate and Ph.D. 2010 University of Nevada Las Vegas; Postdoctoral fellow Argonne National Laboratory), and Tyler O’Dell (LSSU graduate and Ph.D candidate at Washington State University) both received this award previously. Congratulations Jordan, Tyler, and Nick!

Jordan Ernst, Tyler O'Dell, and Nick Smith

Last Updated: 2/11/14

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Carrie McBride

Carrie McBride
Sociology
Caro, MI

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