DivCHED serves as a means of focusing and enhancing the interests and efforts of all constituencies involved in the teaching and learning of chemistry at every level.
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-Chemical Education News & Announcements-

Welcome to the ACS Division of Chemical Education website. Here you can keep up-to-date with activities, news, and opportunities in chemical education. Do you have something interesting you'd like to share with the Division?
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Chemistry Education Research (CER): Where we came from, where are we now, and where can we go?

by Debbie Herrington (Grand Valley State University) and Ryan Sweeder (Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University)

As undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, one of us in the US and the other in Canada, we were familiar with the Journal of Chemical Education, but had never heard of Chemistry Education Research (CER). Had either of us known it was possible to do graduate work in CER, we may have made some different graduate school choices. Maybe you are in a similar situation; just hearing about this thing called CER. Or maybe you are about to begin graduate work in CER but wanting to know more about the field in general. In this post we aim to provide a concise summary of the development and current state of the CER field as well as what we view as the future challenges and opportunities for the field. Having individually come to CER through notably different pathways, we hope our perspective gives you a sense of CER as a discipline and encourages you to jump in and participate in the work and important conversations needed to build the CER community and move it forward. 

Congratulations to the 2020 DivCHED elected officers

The 2020 DivCHED officer election has concluded and the following candidates were elected to serve on the DivCHED Executive Committee:

Chair-elect: Stacey Lowery Bretz, Miami University

Secretary/Councilor: Dan King, Drexel University

Member at Large: Deanna Cullen, Grand Valley State/ChemEdX.org

Councilor: Iona Black, James Madison University/Yale University

Alternate Councilor: Rick Moog, Franklin & Marshall College

Thank you to all of the candidates who ran for positions and our members for voting!

GRFP: A Graduate student’s Reflection on Framing her Potential

by Katherine Lazenby
The University of Iowa

As an awardee of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), I want to share my experience preparing for submission (and deciding to apply in the first place) to the program. I found applying to the program to be a valuable experience, and receiving the award has afforded me many opportunities, such as agency over my research directions and the ability to travel and share my work at conferences. I hope my perspectives will help future graduate students write compelling and competitive proposals!

Engaging Students in Chemistry and Geochemistry with Environmental Issues and Career Pathways

The organizers of an ACS symposium (co sponsored Education and Geochemistry divisions) on organizing teaching around environmental justice for the Spring 2020 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia invite you to participate. Please contact the convenors listed below if you are interested.

Engaging Students in Chemistry and Geochemistry with Environmental Issues and Career Pathways

Convenors: Kathryn Nagy and Daniel Morales-Doyle (University of Illinois at Chicago), Alanah Fitch (Loyola University Chicago)

Join us at the DivCHED Teacher/Social Reception

Attention ACS Meeting Attendees!

The Division Social Reception will be held in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel in Marina Salon D/E. Join us from 5:00 - 6:30PM for appetizers, DivCHED awards and announcements, and speaker Derek Muller of Veritasium, “The Uncomfortable Effort of Thinking”.

Cosponsored by ACS ChemClubs, ACS Exams Institute, ACS-Hach Programs, American Association of Chemistry Teachers, and the Division of Chemical Education.

26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, July 18-23, 2020

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Chemical Education is seeking proposals for symposia and workshops for the 26th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, which will be held at Oreg

DivCHED program symposia submissions for spring 2020 meeting

Dear Members of the Division of Chemical Education,

To be included in the C&EN announcement, symposia submissions for the CHED program for the spring 2020 meeting need to be received by July 1, 2019 at 12 noon EDT. If you are interested in organizing a symposium, kindly submit the following to Patrick Daubenmire (pdauben@luc.edu):

  1. Symposium title
  2. Names and email addresses of organizer/co-organizers
  3. Abstract for the symposium
  4. Symposium type – oral or poster or both
  5. Symposium submission type – contributed or invited or both

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