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Chemistry Department Receives $10,000 Grant

The Covenant College chemistry department recently received a Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant of $10,000. The grant will fund the purchase of workstations that include several pieces of equipment, allowing for faster data acquisition and analysis in chemistry lab.


The Pittsburgh Conference seeks to promote science education and the Conference offers science education grants to college and universities.


In October 2014, Dr. Dan Zuidema, professor of chemistry, attended SERMACS, the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. At the meeting, presentations in an exhibit hall showcased several pieces of scientific equipment that Zuidema thought would be helpful in Covenant’s chemistry lab. The chemistry department decided to submit a grant proposal to the Pittsburgh Conference with the goal of purchasing new equipment.


The grant proposal was approved and Covenant received the largest possible grant amount of $10,000, after being reviewed by an evaluation committee from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.


“We’re excited to see the Lord’s provision for our department,” said Zuidema. “He’s always provided for all of our needs and it’s exciting to see the grant funded.”


Zuidema notes that the workstations will put data processing into the hands of students and will provide students with the opportunity to utilize technology as they develop data processing skills.


“We want to use technology as a tool to do better and more faithful analysis in the lab,” said Zuidema.