LSSU Opens Nation’s First Center Of Excellence For Cannabis Chemistry

March 3, 2020
Lake Superior State University opens the Cannabis Center of Excellence, the first cannabis program in the United States according to the university.

Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, and Agilent Technologies Inc. form a strategic relationship to facilitate education and research in cannabis chemistry and analysis establishing the Cannabis Center of Excellence (CoE). The CoE is a state-of-the-art facility aimed at a convergence of education and research across the sciences related to the rapidly expanding cannabis industry, according to the university. The strategic partnership reportedly helps to strengthen the first program in the U.S. focused squarely on cannabis chemistry. LSSU says it is a premier training center for the next generation of quantitative chemists that possess the skills necessary to thrive in both the scientific and cannabis communities alike. The LSSU Cannabis CoE is housed in a dedicated 2600-square-foot facility within the Crawford Hall of Science.

The focus of the new LSSU Cannabis CoE is training undergraduate students as job-ready chemists, with hands-on, innovative experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation and industry protocols. Students will use Agilent’s scientific instruments in their coursework and in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.

“The LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence was created to provide a platform for our students to be at the forefront of the cannabis analytics industry,” says Dr. Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Science and the Environment. “The instrumentation available is rarely paralleled at other undergraduate institutions. The focus of the cannabis program is to provide our graduates with the analytical skills necessary to move successfully into the cannabis industry.”

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