Younger Chemical Education Researchers Task Force Report, Spring 2013

Prepared by Kim Linenberger, February 28, 2013

Task Force Members

  • Allie Brandriet
  • Thomas Bussey
  • Mike Evans
  • Todd Gatlin
  • Jordan Harshman
  • Kim Linenberger (chair)
  • Jessica Reed
  • Kelly Rush

The YCES Blog is now up and running! This site addresses specific questions from undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, and young faculty in CER. Each blog will be written by a guest (person from the CER community) blogger. Our first guest was Dr. Megan Grunert on the subject of “Networking.” We have RSS feed access set up so readers can get automatic updates and Twitter and Facebook links so the blog can be easily shared within and outside the community. Please visit to check out the latest content and post comments and questions to the author. If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger or have an idea for a post please contact Jessica Reed ( or Mike Evans (

The spring National ACS meeting in New Orleans is looking to be quite productive for the Task Force. We will continue to foster networking as the DivCHED representatives at the Graduate Student and Postdoc Reception on Monday April 8 at Morial Convention Center. Please stop by for free drinks and food and an iPad giveaway. Members of the Task Force will also be discussing the possibilities of CER graduate programs with undergraduates at the Graduate School Recruiting Fair and also with those undergraduates presenting at the undergraduate poster session. The Chemistry Education Research: Graduate Student Research Forum Symposium will be held for the fourth year on Thursday, April 11 during both the morning and afternoon sessions. This symposium will be organized and presided by Daniel Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano and Sarah Wood, both graduate students. Finally, in collaboration with the Younger Chemists’ Committee, Task Force members Thomas Bussey and Alexandria Brandriet, both graduate students, have organized and will be presiding over What is Chemistry Education Research?” on Monday, April 8 1:00 pm - 3:25 pm. This symposium will focus on introducing the field of CER to undergraduates and other interested parties through the lens of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and young faculty in the field.

If you are a CER graduate student and are interested in organizing and presiding over the Chemistry Education Research: Graduate Student Research Forum Symposium please contact any of the Task Force members. Also, if you are a graduate student, post doctoral researcher or young faculty member in CER and would like to become involved with the Task Force please contact me at (

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