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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.

Tyler O'Dell
2010 Outstanding Graduate
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LSSU chemistry students receive top awards in undergraduate student research
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Our graduates succeed!

We take great pride in the accomplishments of our graduates. Many have kept in touch with us over the years, a good indication, we believe of a great LSSU experience.

Recent graduates are currently enrolled in graduate programs at:

  • Syracuse University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Texas A & M
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Wayne State University
  • New Mexico Technological University
  • University of Nevada (Las Vegas)
  • Montana State University

Other graduates are working in:

  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Forensic laboratories
  • National nuclear laboratories
  • Government agencies
  • Chemical manufacturers
  • Major research universities
  • Analytical ;aboratories
1 of 24 From Across the Nation

ACS Nuclear Schemistry Summer SchoolLearn more about ACS Nuclear Schemistry 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. Gratulations Jordan, Tyler, and Nick!

Jordan Ernst, Tyler O'Dell, and Nick Smith

  

"Because of my undergraduate research performed at LSSU, I have received two scholarships from University of California, Santa Barbara. One was for travel to the University of California and the second was to present at an international workshop in Dilian, China."

--Andrew Robertson
LSSU Graduate

Alternative Management of Anaerobic Landfill Bioreactors for Improved Energy Potential

Josh Kuzimski

Converting municipal solid waste to usable energy is an emergent and growing method for modern waste management. Through microbial facilitation of methanogenesis, methane gas can be extracted from landfill bioreactors to yield a significant amount of usable energy. The hypothesis was that a sufficient addition of sodium acetate to a controlled bioreactor environment would promote larger growth of methanogenic microbes and subsequently promote a greater amount of methane relative to a control (Madigan et al, 2003). In order to simulate an anaerobic bioreactor environment, the method for the study took place in modular sections to cover the design, construction and operation of laboratory scale bioreactors. Upon completion of bioreactor engineering, the biological and chemical components were scrutinized to match ideal conditions of a landfill. Methanosarcina was the chosen genus of the methanogen family to seed the bioreactors, and a total elemental analysis of the waste source was analyzed to approximate methane yield. Over 557 hours, each bioreactor produced approximately 1.3 liters of biogas with less than 1% containing methane. Given analysis through gas chromatography, the bioreactors may have had stunted methane production do to presence of argon gas in the headspace and/or low C/N ratio of the waste. The presence of argon should have been replaced with nitrogen, and the waste source should have contained more carbon per nitrogen. The generation-3 design of constructed bioreactors was successful in containing all gasses, liquids, and solids internally, however did not produce enough methane biogas to accept or reject the hypothesis.

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