December 1, 2011, Deadline for Submitting Symposium Proposals for the 2012 BCCE

The 22nd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education will be held July 29 – August 2, 2012, at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA.  The conference theme is "Education for Everyone!" in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Land Grant College Act of 1862.
We are currently accepting proposals for BCCE 2012 symposia. In addition to symposia that address all aspects of teaching and learning, we are particularly interested in symposia that address the daily themes of the conference: (1) the land grant system; (2) green/sustainable chemistry; (3) food chemistry/molecular gastronomy; (4) the conference theme, "Education for Everyone!"; and (5) forensic chemistry.

DEADLINE: Proposals for symposia are due before December 1, 2011, and can be submitted through the BCCE 2012 website:

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about submitting a proposal or about potential symposium topics, please contact the program co-chairs: MaryKay Orgill ( and Kent Crippen (

TOPICS OF SYMPOSIA THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUBMITTED: The following is a list of symposia that have already been submitted for the conference. Proposed symposia should be sufficiently distinguishable from those that have already been submitted for the conference program.

  • Atoms First in the General Chemistry Curriculum
  • Best Practices in Community Outreach Efforts at the Secondary and Postsecondary Levels
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry and Lab: Teaching Analytical Methodologies and Applications
  • Case- and Problem-based learning in undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry
  • Chemistry and Popular Media
  • Chemistry Everyday - Inspiring 365 activities that are fun, educational and social
  • Chemistry for All
  • Cognition in Chemistry Education
  • Engaging Students in Chemistry using Forensics
  • Engaging Students in Organic Chemistry
  • Enhancing the Chemistry Curriculum with Tested Online Instructional Materials
  • Establishing a Chemical Education Research Program at a PUI
  • Experiences with Nontraditional Freshman-Sophomore Chemistry Sequences.
  • George R. Hague Jr. Memorial AP Chemistry Symposium
  • Green Chemistry in Classroom and Laboratory
  • Guided Guided Inquiry
  • Holistic Rethinking of the Chemistry Curriculum: A Discussion
  • Home Laboratory Programs and Student Accessibility
  • Innovations and Renovations: Designing the Teaching Laboratory
  • Innovative Foundation Courses to the Meet the New CPT Guidelines
  • Inquiry Materials for Chemistry that Really Work: Teacher Designed and Tested
  • Instrumentation in the General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Outreach for K-8 students: What are you doing?
  • Pedagogical Modeling and Computation Across the Undergraduate Organic and Physical Chemistry Curricula
  • Peer Reviewed Chemical Education Research Symposium
  • Research in Chemistry Education
  • Service Learning in Chemistry
  • Student-Centered Learning in the Chemistry Classroom and Laboratory
  • Survivor Skills for First to Fifth Year Chemistry
  • The Math and Science Partnership Program:  10 years later
  • Theoretical Frameworks: What are they, why should I use them, and which one(s) should I use?
  • Trends in GOB Chemistry
  • Two-cycle organic chemistry
  • Using Food in Chemistry
  • Views from the Classrooms of Conant and Regional Award Winners
  • Visualization Research in Chemistry Education
  • Web-Based Resources for Chemical Education

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