Younger Chemists' Committee Report, Spring 2014

Prepared by Kim Linenberger, February 10, 2014

A lot has been going on in the newly created DivCHED YCC. At the Indianapolis ACS Meeting the DivCHED Executive Committee voted to create the Division’s YCC. The following members were appointed to the committee.

We have the mission to support graduate students, post docs, and young (1-5 yr) faculty engaged in pursuing chemistry education. In addition, the committee will outreach to undergraduates potentially interested in chemistry education-inclusive graduate programs. Based on this mission here are the following activities of the YCC.

The YCES Blog is still going strong! 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. The current blog is written by Erik Epp, Chemistry Product Manager at WebAssign regarding “Chemical Education Research and Education Technology Industry.” 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)

The spring National ACS meeting in Dallas is looking to be quite productive for the YCC. We will continue to foster networking as the DivCHED representatives at the Graduate Student and Postdoc Reception on Monday, March 17 at Dallas Convention Center. Please stop by for free drinks and food. Members of the YCC will also be discussing the possibilities of CER graduate programs with undergraduates at the Graduate School Recruiting Fair on Sunday, March 16 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 fifth year on Sunday, March 16. This symposium will be organized and presided by Kelli Galloway and Jessica Reed, both graduate students. Finally, the YCC committee meeting which is open to the YCC CER community will be held following the Graduate Student Research Forum at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 16 in Gaston A/B, Hyatt Regency Dallas.

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 (klinenbe@kennesaw.edu).

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