Proceeds from Pittcon 2016 Award Grants to Fund Science Education Grants at the Elementary, High School and College Levels

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The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) distribute net proceeds from Pittcon 2016 through various channels one of which is a diverse grant program which encompasses elementary through college levels.

Net proceeds from Pittcon 2016 are distributed by its sponsoring societies, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP). One way that the money is distributed is through grants to elementary and high schools and colleges to fund science education and outreach. This year’s grant program includes the Elementary School Science Olympiad Program (ESSOP) which awarded more than $37,000 in various increments to 24 area schools. In addition, there was a total of $28,800 awarded to 48 elementary and middle schools for purchasing scientific equipment.

The High School Equipment Grant (HSEG), totaling more than $24,000 was dispersed to 17 schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia school districts.

At the college level, The Starter Grant Awards are given to encourage high-quality, innovative research by beginning chemistry professors. The goal of the grants is to promote the training and development of graduate students in the fields of spectroscopy and analytical chemistry. Two $40,000 awards were granted: one award in the area of analytical chemistry and one in spectroscopy.

Other grants include: $66,000 for the College Equipment Grant (CEGP) which was divided among 11 colleges; a $10,000 Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP); and the College Chemistry scholarship which consisted of one $3,000 and two $2,000 awards.

The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant, commonly referred to as PCMNCG, distributed a total of $126,400 to 14 colleges across the country based on predetermined selection criteria and guidelines.

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Pittcon® is a registered trademark of The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization. Co-sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Pittcon is the premier annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult. Pittcon donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums. Visit http://www.pittcon.org for more information.

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