To be eligible for an award, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Enrollment must not exceed 5000 full-time students.
- No more than 25% of the operating budget may come from national or state governments. Two-year community colleges sponsored by political subdivisions of a state are not bound by the criteria one and two.
- Requests for materials to be used only for research purposes will not be funded.
- Awards may be used as part of “Matching Grant” programs; use of matching funds to increase the overall impact of the grant will be considered in the evaluation of proposals and is highly encouraged.
- Schools are ineligible for the PCMNCG program for a three-year period following receipt of the PCMNCG grant (award recipient colleges from 2014, 2015 and 2016 are not eligible for the 2017 program)
The net proceeds generated by Pittcon, sponsored by The Society of Analytical Chemists (SACP) and The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), are used to promote science education at all levels. The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program is one aspect of the efforts of the Pittcon volunteers and the sponsoring societies to support science education.
Last year we received 59 proposals from small colleges and universities who met our requirements. Each proposal was reviewed by members of our evaluation committee, made up of members of the SACP and SSP.
Strong proposals had the following characteristics (in no particular order)\
- Good development and organization
- PCMNCG funds leveraged by matching contributions from the university or another source
- Specific examples of how the requested equipment would be integrated into the science programs
- Requested equipment and materials impact a large number of students
- Brief descriptions of specific experiments that demonstrated broad use of the equipment
Examples of equipment and instruments funded in previous years are listed below. (In some cases, more than one school requested a particular type of instrument.)
- mini-gas chromatograph
- UV-VIS spectrophotometer
- Sciex API 2000 LS/MS
- hand-held raman spectrometers
- multi-nuclear NMR probes
- ion chromatography systems
- analytical balances
- Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
- Nanodrop 2000
Pittcon Professional Societies
Pittcon is made up of the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).
Both societies are non-profit organizations dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region.
For more information, visit the SSP and SACP websites:
Charleston Southern University
North Charleston, SC
Center Valley, PA
Forest Grove, OR
Saint Michael’s College
Tennessee Wesleyan College
New Wilmington, PA