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High School Equipment Grants (HSEG)

Grants to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia Science
Teachers for Spectroscopy Education in High Schools

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Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP)

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia science teachers working at high schools within the funding source’s membership area to support spectroscopy education. Teachers are invited to submit applications for supplies and equipment that enable the teaching of spectroscopy.

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of science education. Spectroscopy generally deals with the interactions of light and matter, including interference and diffraction phenomena, line spectra, spectrophotometry and chemical analysis.

While computers and calculators are generally not funded, probes and various accessories can make a reasonable grant proposal.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
-How well does the proposal encompass some aspect of spectroscopy?
-How well do the requested equipment and learning outcomes support each other?
-How reasonable is the cost per student ratio?
-How does equipment need and financial background of this school compare to others?
-What evidence indicates that the school, teachers, and/or students are involved in or promote science enrichment activities?
-What is the school’s grant history? (Recent recipients of this grant are given a lower preference.)
-What is the overall quality of the proposal?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176360

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum of $2,000 per school is budgeted. For proposals exceeding this amount, adequate justification should be provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teachers who directly or indirectly employ spectroscopy in their curriculum are eligible. These are usually teachers of biology, chemistry, physics and general science. Public or private schools are eligible, but they must be in the SSP membership area.

The SSP membership area includes the following Counties:

Pennsylvania: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayatte, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juanita, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and York.

Ohio: Belmont, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Monroe.

West Virginia: Barbour, Braxton, Brooke, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wood.

Computers and calculators are generally not funded.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is December 14, 2018.

The proposals are ranked and funded until all funds are exhausted. The outcome will be emailed to you in March 2018.

Funded equipment is shipped directly from the vendor in March 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail your completed proposal to:

Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh
High School Equipment Grant Committee
300 Penn Center Boulevard, Suite 332
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503

Direct questions to:
Edward P. Zovinka, Committee Chair

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   West Virginia