Younger Chemical Education Researchers Task Force Report, Fall 2013

Task Force Members

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

The YCES Blog has been up and running! This site addresses specific questions from undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, and young faculty in CER. Each blog is written by a guest (person from the CER community) blogger. 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 http://www.divched.org/blogs/YCES 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 (jjreed@iastate.edu) or Mike Evans (evans23@illinois.edu).

The spring National ACS meeting in New Orleans was quite productive for the Task Force. We continued to foster networking as the DivCHED representatives at the Graduate Student and Postdoc Reception on Monday April 8. Many stopped by for free drinks and food. Members of the Task Force also discussed 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. We had approximately 30 undergraduate students sign-up for more information on CER graduate programs. The Chemistry Education Research: Graduate Student Research Forum Symposium was held for the fourth year on Thursday, April 11 during both the morning and afternoon sessions. This symposium was 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, organized and presided over What is Chemistry Education Research?” on Monday, April 8 1:00 pm - 3:25 pm. This symposium focused 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 at a future meeting 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 (klinenb@iastate.edu).

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