MARQUETTE — The grand opening of the new Shimadzu Analytical Core Laboratory for Medicinal Plant Science happened at NMU on November 1st.
This new lab is the product of a partnership between NMU and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Shimadzu and Northern formalized an agreement through SPARQ program, which seeks to catalyze the rapid growth of the university’s medicinal Plant Chemistry Program. The agreement also resulted in an in-kind donation of $850,920 to the NMU Foundation based on the value of instrumentation and services for the new laboratory.
“One of our commitments for our students in the program is that we want to ensure all of them have as much hands on experience as possible with state of the art instrumentation,” said Dr. Mark Paulsen, Department Head of Chemistry at NMU. “So that when they leave here they will be ready to go into the workforce for that first job.”
As of the fall 2019 Semester, 358 students are pursuing an undergraduate degree In Medicinal Plant Chemistry at NMU.