I, Grace Hubbell, along with my advisor Dr. R. Adam Mosey received a grant from the Fund for LSSU to be used to offset the cost of analysis of organic compounds formerly synthesized in our laboratory. These funds provided me with the opportunity to not only receive training on the utilization of a high resolution mass spectrometer, but also allowed me to explore the Wayne State University Chemistry facilities as a possible candidate for graduate school. Because of this financial support by the Fund for LSSU, I received an experience that has enabled me to be more prepared for graduate school and provided a professional development opportunity for me.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, I traveled from Sault Sainte Marie to the campus at Wayne State University. There I was met by Dr. Judy Westrick, a former LSSU professor who is now head of the Lumigen Instrument Center at Wayne State University. Dr. Westrick played an integral part in this opportunity, and not only allowed for analysis and training at a reduced rate, but also graciously offered to host me during my stay.
After my arrival, I was introduced to the instrument center (left image) and Dr. Yuri Danyliuk, who provided me with training and helped in analyzing my samples. The following three and a half days were spent learning how to analyze the chemical samples in the high resolution mass spectrometer. In my courses at LSSU, I had learned how the practice of mass spectrometric analysis was performed and this experience provided me the opportunity to apply what I had learned in my classes to real life.
Dr. Danyliuk taught me all about the instruments and operating procedure for mass spectrometry chemical analysis. He was also able to show me several other instruments located within the center. By Friday afternoon, I was able to collect and analyze data for around twenty compounds with the help of Dr. Danyliuk. This data was then sent to my advisor via mail so that it could be utilized in research and future publications.
As mentioned before, this experience at Wayne not only taught me how to utilize an important instrument, but it also provided me with the opportunity to discover how larger research institutions function and run. During my stay, I was able to interact with educators and researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and learn more about each. I was also able to view many different areas of the Lumigen Instrument Center and chemistry facilities.
In conclusion, I am very grateful for having had this opportunity that I will carry with me for the rest of my career. This experience would not have been possible without the aid of the Fund for LSSU, and I would like to thank the Fund for its support.