Mount Union Receives SSP Grant

April 24, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union is one of only 10 institutions that were awarded the 2012 Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) College Equipment Grant.

According to Dr. Paul D. Cook, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Mount Union, the $6,000 grant, along with University matching funds, will be used to purchase a UV/visible spectrophotometer.

“This instrument will be used in teaching laboratory exercises throughout our curriculum, and it will allow us to carry out new undergraduate research experiments in physical, analytical and biochemistry,” Cook said.

The purpose of the SSP College Equipment Grant is to contribute to science programs at colleges and universities with enrollments of no more than 7,500 students. The grant is to be used for the purchase of new instrumentation or to upgrade existing equipment related to the study of spectroscopy.

In 2010, Dr. Debra Boyd-Kimball, associate professor of chemistry at Mount Union, applied for and was awarded the same grant, and funds were used to purchase a microplate reader for the University.

The award will be presented to Mount Union at the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh’s May Awards Meeting on Monday, May 21 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

The SSP, along with its sister society, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region. The SSP supports member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs and grant programs for high schools, colleges and beginning university professors.

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