Centers and Initiatives

The College of Science and Engineering supports student and faculty research, interaction with business and industry, and community service. To further these goals, the college has established centers, under faculty supervision, which provide unique student employment opportunities in “real-world” research and problem-solving:

Southeast Minnesota Analytical Service (SEMAS)

Operated by the Chemistry Department, SEMAS serves cities, counties, businesses, and corporations that need analytical testing of water, industrial products, and chemicals. Chemistry majors work year-around in the SEMAS as laboratory technicians and assistants. Contact Barbara Keller,, for more information.

Composite Materials Technology Center (COMTEC)

COMTEC, managed by the Engineering Department, tests manufactured materials and products for numerous local and regional companies needing quality assurance and specification testing. The center also serves as a working laboratory for instruction and engineering research.

Large River Studies Center (LRSC)

LRSC, administered through the Biology Department, provides students with the opportunity to conduct research on large river ecosystems and associated bodies of water. LRSC also is responsible for disseminating information about the upper Mississippi River and other large river ecosystems to local, regional, and scientific communities.

Southeastern Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC)

The WRC, housed in the Geoscience Department, is dedicated to scientific inquiry into the natural and hydrological resources of the southeastern Minnesota region and strives to educate and inform students, citizens, and public agencies of the region about our natural resources through the development of partnerships and research.

Southeast Minnesota Infectious Disease Research Center (SMIDRC)

Center for Mississippi River Studies (CMRS)

CMRS is dedicated to creating greater understanding of the broad multi-faceted nature of the Mississippi River and the people and places it touches.

Engaged Teaching and Scholarship

The Center provides academic experiences for students that engage them in authentic, relevant, and important community work.