Spenser Congram

I graduated in


I majored/minored in

Chemistry and Environmental Science

I currently live in


My current or most recent professional title/role is

Research Assistant II in the Biomass Analytics Facility of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

My career path and accomplishments since graduating from Alma:

Since graduating from Alma, I’ve explored various avenues of research in environmental chemistry. My first job right out of college landed me in the Exposure Science Lab at MSU where I performed ICP-MS heavy metal analysis on roadway pollution in underprivileged communities. After that grant had expired, I moved to a US DOE-funded research lab with the GLBRC. Here, I work as a biochemist doing R&D for the future of biofuels

My Alma experience prepared me for my career, graduate school, and life by

My Alma education gave me unique hands-on experience that has allowed me to excel in my current field. Their chemistry program allowed me to work directly with the same analytical instruments that I use today, providing me a leg up in the competitive STEM job market. Balancing the chemistry and environmental programs further offered me insight in applying the theoretical and technical chemistry knowledge to real-world problems. Lastly, my independent research with Dr. Strait gave me perhaps the most useful tools for success: real-world experience performing real-world research. This independent research allowed me to perform unique experiments, develop experimental methods, collaborate with experts from different institutions, and communicate my research to both the scientific community and the local community.