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Learn From the Best: Karl Seper uses state-of-the-art technology to teach students in a hands-on environment.

Dec. 16, 2022, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Community College professor Karl Seper has been passionate about chemistry for as long as he can remember. Now he is able to share his passion with GRCC students. 

“Students are the best part of GRCC. Students are why GRCC exists. I have found the students at GRCC to be eager to learn, and respectful of their peers and teachers,” Seper said. 

Seper teaches in multiple chemistry laboratory classes. He enjoys working hands-on with the students. He is proud of the state-of-the-art technology that the Calkins Science Center provides for students. The facilities have great instrumentation and an attention to safety. 

“This makes the laboratory experience one of learning, rather than frustration for the students,” Seper said. 

Seper finds excitement in learning new things everyday. He received his bachelors of science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, his doctorate from State University of New York at Albany, and postdoctoral work at Freie Universitat Berlin. Now he teaches at both Calvin University and GRCC, and is the Chief Scientist Formulation QA/QC at Abaco Partners.

Seper is grateful for the many intellectual people he has met in his career. He has traveled the world and met multiple Nobel Prize winners. Seper surrounds himself with people who live by the golden rule. He is motivated by the Rotary International motto “Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best”. 

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