Biennial Conference on Chemical Education Report, Fall 2017

Biennial Conference Committee (BCC)
The committee recently held a two-day retreat in order to develop a 5-year strategic plan, informational packets for current and prospective Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE)  hosts, and a robust accessible data management infrastructure as well as discuss ideas for enhancing the social media presence of the BCCEs.  Current members of the committee are Renee Cole (, Julie Henderleiter (, David Heroux (, Sally Hunnicutt (, Irv Levy (, Suazette Mooring (, MaryKay Orgill (, Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh (, Dan Sykes (, and Vickie Williamson (  John Michael Sophos ( serves as the Meeting Program Planner to partner with the BCC and Biennial Conference on Chemical Education planning teams.          

Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE)
The University of Notre Dame is looking forward to hosting the 25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Education, in July 2018.  This biennial conference fosters collaboration and conversations among educators from all levels from middle school science teachers, high school chemistry teachers, and two-year and four-year chemistry instructors.  This conference has become the largest gathering of chemical educators in the world and a thriving part of the chemical education community for 50 years now.  We are celebrating our “Golden Anniversary,” and we hope you can celebrate this auspicious occasion with us.

General Chair, Steven Wietstock (University of Notre Dame), and co-Program Chairs, Cate Reck (Indiana University – Bloomington) and Jim Parise (University of Notre Dame), invite you to join us on the iconic campus of Notre Dame from July 29 – August 2, 2018.  You can expect a dynamic conference with a rich number of symposia, time to network with colleagues, with ample time to explore the beauty of the campus and surrounding community.  Our conference will work to emphasize the improvements of chemistry education at all levels, the modern developments in chemistry and chemical education, and is highly respected in the chemical education community.    

Symposia and Workshop proposals will be accepted through December 1, 2017.  Criteria for submission are available on the conference website.  Abstracts for presentations and posters will be accepted through February 20, 2018.  Both submission sites can be found at under the Presenting tab.  The preliminary list of symposia includes:

  • 3D printing in chemistry education
  • Active Learning in Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education Research about Multiple Representations
  • Chemistry Education Research: Graduate Student Research Symposium
  • Collaborative and Cooperative Learning
  • Course-embedded research experiences in the first and second year curriculum
  • Creativity in the Classroom: Games and Manipulatives that Encourage Learning
  • Enhancing student learning and retention in introductory “gatekeeping” chemistry courses
  • George R. Hague, Jr. Advanced Placement Chemistry Symposium
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Chemistry Courses: Practices and Challenges
  • Learning About Quantitative Research in Chemistry Education Research
  • Learning About Theoretical Frameworks in Chemistry Education Research
  • Peer instruction across the postsecondary curriculum
  • Problem Solving as a Pedagogical Method (PSPm) in Chemistry
  • Qualitative Research in Chemical Education: In Pursuit of Whys and Hows
  • Supporting Under-Represented Minorities to Increase Undergraduate Retention and Success
  • Teaching Chemistry at Minority-Serving Institutions
  • The 3 Ps of Student Engagement in the Flipped General Chemistry Classroom: Preparation, Participation, and Performance
  • Using Science Fiction to Teach Chemistry

Early registration will begin on February 16, 2018 through the 25th BCCE website.  Estimated registration fees are $325 for general registrants, $175 for secondary educators, and $175 for graduate students.  Check the BCCE website for the latest details for on-campus and off-campus housing arrangements.

Visit and bookmark the 25th BCCE website ( for specific information about the conference.  Check out the social media channels and website for updated information pertaining to the technical program, registration, housing, and social events as the conference approaches.  Any questions, program ideas, or general suggestions for any of the BCCE program chairs can be sent to the BCCE email address,

Planning for the 26th BCCE at Oregon State is under way.  Updates will be provided in subsequent newsletters.  Please contact the General Chair, Richard Nafshun (, with any questions. 

The Biennial Conference Committee encourages any individual or institution interested in hosting a BCCE to contact Dan Sykes ( or any member of the BCC (  Currently, we are identifying hosts for the 2022 and 2024 BCCEs.

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