Claflin University in Orangeburg is hoping to make a name for itself by opening up a new science research center the school hopes will bring more students to the university. The historically black institution has about 1800 students.
The dean of the Claflin's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Dr. Verlie Tisdale, says the school was out of space in its old building.
"What we had done in our science building is we had converted closets into research laboratories, we had taken classrooms and converted them. We had completely run out of space," said Tisdale.
The new research center houses classrooms and space-age research tools. It is home to the state's only 700 megahertz hertz nuclear magnetic resonance lab, which can break down the outer structure of any compound.
Claflin's new molecular research center was paid for with funding from the U-S Department of Defense.