The Departments of Chemistry & Environmental Science maintain a full compliment of modern chemical instruments. Our undergraduate students and faculty use these instruments both in their laboratory experiences and to support their research.
See for yourself!
We would enjoy the opportunity to discuss careers in the chemical sciences with you. During a campus visit, be sure to ask to speak with the Environmental Chemistry Department. We would like to show you our excellent facilities and take the time to discuss some of the exciting research projects now underway.
State Representative Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), gets briefed on Lake Superior State University's Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL) from lab director Ben Southwell, left. Singh, who serves on the House appropriation committee and is Democratic vice chair of the higher education and Department of Education subcommittees, also toured LSSU's robotics, nursing, SmartZone, and aquatic research facilities on Aug. 27. The university's EAL is a focus for undergraduate research and commercial environmental analysis projects. Looking on are Derek Wright, chair of the School of Physical Sciences; LSSU President Tony McLain; and Barb Keller, dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.
Meet our Analyzer
The instrument, a discrete analyzer, allows for rapid automated colorimetric analysis, a technique that measures subtle colors in samples to figure out chemical concentrations. LSSU's discrete analyzer is valuable to the hands-on experience that LSSU offers to its students, and performs numerous analytical methods that can detect total nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations with accuracies in the range of parts per billion. Housed in LSSU's EAL, the discrete analyzer will promote undergraduate senior research, introduce fundamental analytical techniques to students, and support research partnerships between faculty, students, and the community. The lab also does contract work for public and private clients. The LSSU EAL offers paid internships for students looking to work in a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory.
Students analyze real-world samples using standard methods and are involved in all aspects of the environmental analysis process, from field sample collection to reporting data to clients. The discrete analyzer is being incorporated into current research being preformed at LSSU that includes ongoing environmental monitoring conducted by professor Derek Wright of the Ashmun Creek and Munuscong watersheds. EAL Laboratory Manager Benjamin Southwell — along with Wayne State University and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi — is also using the discrete analyzer as part of a National Institutes of Health/National Science Foundation grant to characterize waters at risk for harmful cyanobacteria blooms.