Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University, recently received a 2013 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) at the annual Pittsburgh Conference. Her proposal was one of 12 selected for funding from 49 proposals received for consideration. She received the entire $8977.50 requested for instruments needed in her Waynesburg University classrooms.
“Our department is working to establish a collection of foundational instrumentation that will not only benefit those students majoring in our chemistry, forensic chemistry and biochemistry majors, but will also enhance laboratory and research experiences for students in all other science programs at Waynesburg University,” Fletcher said.
The Pittsburgh Conference is a non-profit Pennsylvania Corporation. Through the program, grants are awarded to small colleges to help purchase scientific equipment, library material dealing with science and also teaching aide material within the science departments.
“Currently, our department is in need of a fluorescence detector and a microplate reader,” Fletcher said. “The instrument we are looking at getting has both of these capabilities, as well as other features and options that will provide for maximum usage across all of our science disciplines. It will help equip our students with the skills and laboratory practices that are common in many potential labs they could work in.”
The primary goal of the Pittsburgh Conference is to promote science education at all levels. The Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants (PCMNCG) Program is one aspect of the efforts of the volunteer Committee members of the Pittsburgh Conference and its sponsoring societies to support science education.
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