PittCon welcomes proposals for its 2014 college grants

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  • Published: Aug 28, 2013
  • Author: Steve Down
  • Channels: Detectors / Electrophoresis / Ion Chromatography / Laboratory Informatics / Gas Chromatography / HPLC / Sample Preparation / Proteomics & Genomics / Raman / NMR Knowledge Base / X-ray Spectrometry / Base Peak / Atomic / MRI Spectroscopy / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / Proteomics / Chemometrics & Informatics / Infrared Spectroscopy

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Each year, thousands of scientists attend PittCon, the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, but how many of them know what the organisers do with the profits made from the conference and its exposition? Well, if you look at the small print, you will see that PittCon is a non-profit educational organisation that is registered in Pennsylvania and consists of two co-sponsoring societies, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

It is the term non-profit that is important here. Each year, PittCon donates more than $1 million to science outreach activities to promote science across the US. As part of that process, it is now calling for proposals for its 2014  Memorial National College Grants Program. To be eligible, colleges must enrol fewer than 5000 students and must have a science department.

The maximum award will be $10,000 and it can be spent on science equipment that will be used in the college's educational program. Previous awards have allowed the purchase of NMR workstations and software, a gas chromatograph, FTIR software upgrades and spectral libraries, an atomic absorption spectrometer and a human muscular torso.

The deadline for proposals is 1 October 2013.

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