IR Courses, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, registered in the State of Georgia, that exists solely to provide continuing education resources for vibrational spectroscopy. The corporation provides the financial resources to promote future courses, in the form of advertising and the dissemination of materials pertinent to the courses. In effect, the corporation is an endowment to the scientific community to ensure that continuing educational resources exist to provide instruction in vibrational spectroscopy.
The corporation was established in 2001. For fifty years the Bowdoin Infrared Courses were administered by educational institutions. From 1950 through 1970 the courses were administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and from 1971 through 2000 administration was conducted by Bowdoin College. As competition for funds in educational institutions has increased there arose the need to become independent of educational institutions. Hence IR Courses was incorporated. A not-for-profit organization means costs for the courses can be kept to a minimum. The corporation has no paid employees, and all administration is done on a volunteer basis.
On March 13, 2006 IR Courses, Inc. became an affiliate of the Coblentz Society, although a formal relationship between the course organization and the Coblentz Society has existed since the 1970s. The Coblentz Society was founded in 1954 and has as its purpose to foster the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy.
Any specific enquiries about IR Courses, Inc. should be addressed to:
IR Courses, Inc.
165 Sunnybrook Drive
Athens, Georgia 30605-3347