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Instructions for Presenters

Duties and Responsibilities of Presenters at the 
28th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, University of Kentucky

Oral presentations offered at each Biennial Conference on Chemical Education are a great way to share findings of effective practices for teaching and learning. We appreciate all of the work that the presenters do to prepare and deliver their talk. Presenting a talk at a professional meeting is providing a service to the chemistry education community. Faculty often have an obligation to show they are engaged in professional practices and the BCCE is a great way to do this. 

Submission of abstract

You will submit your presentation at Choose “Symposia Contributions”. When you submit, you will select which symposium you want to present to. For a complete list of the titles and description of symposia, click here. Read through the exhaustive list and decide where your presentation best fits. When you submit your abstract, you will select the symposium by topic name.  Abstract length cannot exceed 300 words.

Registration and Meeting Attendance are Required

Once your name and institution affiliation are listed on the 28th BCCE program (on-line and in print) you are obligated to present your talk. The American Chemical Society requires you, as a presenter, to register for the BCCE

Presentation Guidelines

Presenters are reminded that other chemistry educators come to the BCCE, having read the program, and wanting to meet you and to learn all they can from your presentation. It is the presenter’s responsibility to communicate the research question, the big ideas, data to support claims and scholarly commentary that are at the core of the presentation. Presenters should prepare and deliver papers in such a way that they provoke meaningful thought and discussion or inform the audience of an effective teaching and learning practice. To this end, presenters should…

  • Organize the paper around a clear question or argument
  • Establish the significance of this question or argument from the literature or from actual data
  • Craft presentations with supporting data, visual components, etc.
  • Practice the presentation ahead of time in the allotted time (15 minutes) in front of a group of colleagues
  • Expect members of the audience to have some questions. Be prepared to answer the question asked.
  • Be attentive to your allotted presentation time: conclude your presentation within that time, do not request additional time, do not continue reading/speaking past the conclusion of your allotted time, respect the presider’s obligations to the other presenters and the audience.


Session Room Equipment

There will be complimentary presenter computers in each technical session room. The computer is provided as an alternative to presenters or program chairs supplying their own equipment, but the use is optional. There will be a projector in each room. 

Failure to Present Your Talk, Poster or Workshop

The BCCEs have a problem with chemistry educators who submit abstracts, have their name listed on the program and then not show up at the meeting to deliver their talk or poster. We also have a problem with people who withdraw their paper after the program has een printed in the program book and posted on the BCCE website. Not presenting your talk, poster or workshop at a BCCE is a serious event because you have decreased the quality and quantity of the technical program. Please do not submit an abstract if you are uncertain you will attend the BCCE.

If you fail to register for the meeting and are absent for your presentation, your abstract will be withdrawn and removed from the meeting program, technical programming archive and CAS database. If you, as the presenter, are unable to make your presentation at the stated time and location, it is your responsibility to submit a withdrawal request to prior to the start of the conference. Registration rates and all meeting policies are available at the 28th BCCE website: . Should you discover that you will be unable to attend the conference, please alert via e-mail the symposium organizer, the presider and the BCCE program chair.