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Research is a cornerstone of the educational experience at Harrisburg University, and students who conduct research in the University’s 12th floor Chemistry Lab gain crucial hands-on experience employers search for during the hiring process. 

Inside the lab’s instrumentation room, Chemistry Professor Dr. Andrea Nagy and other faculty members engage students in projects that teach them how to prepare samples, calibrate, and operate these instruments, while showing them how to read, analyze, and report their findings. 

In the following video, Dr. Nagy introduces us to HU’s Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, which researchers use to quantify minute levels of metals in anything from water to food, pharmaceuticals and more. To learn more about the University’s experience-driven undergraduate and graduate degree STEM programs visit


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