Lake Superior State University Opens Cannabis Research Center

College students looking for a higher level of cannabis education have a new option in Michigan.

As part of a partnership with Agilent Technologies Inc., Lake Superior State University (LSSU) has opened the LSSU Cannabis Center of Excellence for its cannabis program, which the school says is the first of its kind in the country.

The strategic relationship between LSSU and Agilent is focused on facilitating cannabis education, chemistry, research, and analysis.

On Friday afternoon, LSSU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the main campus to celebrate the official opening of the new 2,600 square-foot facility located inside the Crawford Hall of Science.

“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 Dean of the College of Science and the Environment Dr. Steve Johnson. “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.”

As part of their coursework and undergraduate research, students will get hands-on experience using Agilent’s quality scientific instruments.

The goal for LSSU’s state-of-the-art Cannabis Center of Excellence is the training of undergraduate students to be job-ready chemists with plenty of experience using modern instrumentation under the guidance of industry protocols.

LSSU offers associate and baccalaureate degrees through its cannabis chemistry degree program, which launched in February of 2019 and focuses on the quantitative analysis of cannabis-derived compounds and contaminants.