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UMass Lowell Students in the Lab

Learning with Purpose

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute employs students to work in the Institute’s research laboratory evaluating the performance of green cleaners for industrial, janitorial and household uses.

Come be a part of the solution for a safer environment. Help companies reduce their environmental impact by replacing hazardous solvents with safer, environmentally friendlier alternatives. 


Students doing inventory
Cleaning Product Selection



Assist in performing laboratory experiments to evaluate performance of alternative cleaning chemistries and cleaning processes

Document lab activity and experimental results in a laboratory notebook

Input results of testing into database for commercially available cleaning products and equipment

Assist in the collection and filing of MSDS and other product literature

Perform in-depth literature review and research into chemical uses and applicable alternatives for hazardous solvents


Experience in a laboratory setting desired, but not required

Background in chemistry, science or engineering preferred, but willing to train interested and motivated candidates

Computer knowledge in MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint

The ability to work independently as well as in a fast paced group environment a must

Must like pizza!


Student Profiles

These skills helped me to get a professional co-op at Karl-Storz Endovision where I’ll be focused on researching sterilization techniques and finding what chemicals are most suited to be used to clean specific equipment,
- Gabby, Junior Chem Eng
Working at TURI has been a great experience. Using my work/study income to work in laboratories that I had always hoped to work helped me to gain the lab experience needed before entering the “real” world. This has been helpful in my gaining employment immediately after my graduation.
- Pragya Thikey, Class of 2013
I have had the fantastic opportunity to spend time in the laboratory as an undergraduate student, a master’s student, and now as a doctoral candidate. The time in the lab has provided me with experiences and opportunities that I would have never otherwise obtained.
- Katie Tenaglia, Class of 2011, 13