Chemistry Department receives $6,000 grant for new instrument

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Waynesburg University’s Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science recently received a $6,000 grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) for the purchase of a new spectrometer.

According to the SSP, a record number of applications were received but only 11 institutions were chosen. Waynesburg will be purchasing a new Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometer with the funds.

“Grants like this are important because they help us to acquire modern instrumentation that we can use to educate our students and prepare them to work as chemists,” said Dr. Evonne Balduff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science. “It greatly enables us to make purchases that we would otherwise not be able to achieve without significant planning and saving.”

The spectrometer will be used in a number of chemistry labs to help students develop skills in acquiring and deciphering infrared spectra. Waynesburg’s forensic science courses will also have the opportunity to use the instrument.

“Learning infrared is an important skill for our students to gain, whether they hope to go to graduate school or work in the chemistry industry,” said Baldauff.

The SSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering science education in the Western Pennsylvania region through the support of member education programs, teacher and student awards, a wide variety of educational programs and grant programs for high schools, colleges and beginning university professors.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu