Pittcon Proudly Announces More Than $1.1 Million in Science Related Grants -- 2011 Awardees Include K-12 Schools, Colleges and Universities

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The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon), a Pennsylvania non-profit Corporation, has proudly announced its 2011 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program recipients.

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These grants put a big smile on our organization’s face because they provide these colleges and universities with much-needed funding for the laboratory and classroom.

The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon), a Pennsylvania non-profit Corporation, has proudly announced its 2011 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program recipients.

Conducted in conjunction with Pittcon’s co-sponsoring technical societies, The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), this year’s grant awardees are: Guilford College and Mars Hill College (both in North Carolina); Presbyterian College (South Carolina); Alverno College (Wisconsin); Centre College (Kentucky); College of Saint Benedict (Minnesota); Pacific University (Oregon); St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO); the University of Rio Grande (OH); and three colleges in Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg, Westminster College and Wilkes University.

These grants, totaling approximately $120,000, are awarded to science departments at colleges with less than 5,000 full-time students for the purchase of scientific equipment and related teaching materials for use at the undergraduate level.

In recent years, as budgets have been reduced, these grants have become even more important to the recipients. For example, Keene State College in New Hampshire (a 2010 PCMNCG grant awardee), noted with deep appreciation that the award “made it possible for its Chemistry Department to “advance their work in both the classroom and the lab.”

According to Edward Ladner, the 2011 PCMNCG Program Administrator “these grants put a big smile on our organization’s face because they provide these colleges and universities with much-needed funding for the laboratory and classroom.” Another plus is “these grants are totally in sync with our organizations’ core mission: supporting and sustaining educational and charitable activities for the advancement and benefit of scientific endeavor. That’s significant.”

In addition to the PCMNCG Program grants, in 2011, The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy will be providing over $1 million in science equipment grants to the SSP and the SACP. The SSP and SACP grants are funded by Pittcon, and are used to support science related education, including equipment, in
K-12 schools and colleges, in western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia.

Since 1974, PCMNCG has awarded more than 270 grants to over 200 institutions. For additional information, including 2012 PCMNCG Program applications, please visit: http://www.pittcon.org/science/grants.php

About Pittcon: 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 approximately $1 million each year in the form of 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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