Chemical Education is GOLDEN

25th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education
hosted by the University of Notre Dame, July 29 - August 2, 2018


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Abstract Submissions



Rules for Presenting Professional Work at the 25th BCCE

You may personally present two papers or two posters or two workshops, or one paper and one poster, or one paper and one workshop, or one poster and one workshop at the 25th BCCE (Rule of Two). If you receive more than two invitations by symposia organizers to present a paper, you will need to decide which two you will accept. Your name may be listed as a co-author on as many papers or posters as you and your co-authors care to submit.

Papers are a standard 15 minutes long with a 5 minute Q&A period. The Q&A period is also intended to allow time for the next presenter to connect to the projector.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 20 February 2018

You will need to select a symposium from the list of symposia in order to submit an abstract. Upon submission of your abstract, an e-mail message will be sent to the individual whose e-mail address is submitted as part of the abstract form. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee that your abstract will be accepted to the symposium you submitted it to. The symposium organizers and the BCCE program chairs, will make a decision about the disposition of all abstracts. The symposium organizer will contact you if your abstract is accepted to his or her symposium. We anticipate the symposium chairs will notify you by 16 March 2018.

If you are submitting an abstract to the "General Papers" symposium or "Posters" section, you will be notified if your abstract is accepted by 28 March 2018.


The 2018 BCCE is using the American Chemical Society MAPS system for the first time in history. As this is a new system for our conference, we are working out issues and timelines as we go -- your patience is appreciated. The Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) is the online national meeting programming system of the American Chemical Society, used by ACS authors, Program Chairs, and Symposium Organizers to submit, view, review, and edit abstracts for ACS National Meeting publications.


Login to MAPS using your ACS ID using the link at the bottom of this page.

If you do not have an ACS ID, please follow these instructions:

  • Click on the link at the bottom of the page
  • Select the "Registering is easy" button on the welcome screen
  • Create your ACS ID by providing the required information
  • Return to MAPS and log in with your new ACS ID


The MAPS (Meeting Abstracts Programming System) Submission Center allows you to submit an abstract or view previously-submitted abstracts.

TIP: If you need to exit your submission and return to complete it at a later time, remember to click Save or Save & Continue on any page you enter data.


  1. Select the Submission tab on the home screen.
  2. The Submission Center displays with View Submissions selected. If you have any draft or submitted abstracts, you may view them here.


Edit the content of your abstract submission. Please note that the Submission Deadline and Total Characters are located at the top of the page for your convenience. You must fill out all of the required fields as denoted by an asterisk (*).

  1. Enter the abstract Title.
  2. Capitalize only the first letter of the title, any proper nouns or acronyms, and the first word following a colon (:). Title should be entered in sentence case. Do not begin paper titles with "The", "A", or "And". These will be removed before publication in the program. Sample Title: Engineering gene expression of Escherichia coli by mRNA: Applications in molecular biology
  3. Input Abstract body.
    • Do not include the abstract title in this field.
    • Please note the character count; you are allowed 2500 characters (300 words).
  4. Upload optional Images and Tables.
    • Each image or table (in image format) subtracts 560 characters (70 words) from your total count.
    • The following file types are allowed: gif, png, tiff, tif, jpg, and jpeg.
    • Click Select Image to open a file upload window and choose your image.
    • Click Upload Chosen Image to include the image in your abstract submission.
    • Uploaded images will display in the Chosen Image(s) table.
    • Add an optional caption by clicking on the Add Caption link.
    • Remove image by clicking on the x under Remove in the Chosen Image(s) table.
    • You are allowed a maximum of 2 images/tables.
  5. Click Save & Continue.


Edit the properties of your abstract submission. Please note that the Submission Deadline and Total Characters are located at the top of the page for your convenience. You must fill out all of the required fields as denoted by an asterisk (*).

  1. Select the Presentation Type from the drop-down list.
  2. Choose a Symposium to submit to in the Symposium drop-down list.
  3. Click Save & Continue.


You will be listed as the first author. You may add additional authors and affiliations and change the order of authors as well as add Presenter designation. Please note that the Submission Deadline and Total Characters are located at the top of the page for your convenience. You must fill out all of the required fields as denoted by an asterisk (*).

  1. Under your name, click Show Affiliations. Affiliation #1 will auto-populate with your affiliation associated with your ACS ID.
    • If another affiliation is required, select Create New Affiliation from the drop-down list. Input information into the required fields and click Submit New Institution.
    • If a second affiliation is necessary, use the Affiliation #2 drop-down list.
    • You can edit or remove affiliations by clicking the corresponding buttons.
  2. If you wish to add additional authors, click the Add Author button.
  3. The Search for Author to Add fields will display: enter any search criteria and then click Search.
    • If an author is found in the system, you can click Add to the left of their name to add them to the current author list.
    • If you cannot find the author you're looking for, click the Create An Author button. Please ensure you have searched for an existing author account before creating a new author account.
  4. The Create An Author screen displays.
    • Complete the required fields First/Given Name, Last/Family Name, and E-mail.
    • Click Submit Created Author.
    • Before the author is added, you must verify their information. If an error is found, click Edit Information.
    • If the information is correct, click Submit Created Author.
  5. Select Affiliation #1, and Affiliation #2 (optional) for any additional authors.
  6. Update the Author Order by selecting the appropriate order numbers to the left of the author names. Click the Update Author Order button.
  7. You can update who is the Presenter by clicking the check box(es) in the Author table in the Presenter column. Multiple presenting authors can be selected.
  8. When finished with the authors, click Save & Continue.


Complete the disclosures necessary for your abstract submission.

  1. Select your Reason for Submitting by clicking the statement that describes your abstract. If you are an invited presenter, fill out the Invited By fields with the Name and E-mail of the symposium organizer or program chair.
  2. For contributed papers only, you must Agree to Bylaws. Review the criteria by clicking the link ACS Bylaw VI, Section 6(C). If you are not submitting a contributed paper, click Are not applicable.
  3. You must agree to the following before being able to submit your abstract: Registration Requirement, Meeting Attendance, Withdrawal Confirmation, and Multiple Submissions. Click the check box to the left of each statement.
  4. Indicate any additional Equipment Needs for your presentation. Please note that all symposia rooms are equipped with LCD projector with VGA and/or HDMI connection cable and switcher, screen, laser pointer, and lighted podium with microphone.
  5. Complete Comments to Organizers if applicable.
  6. Students select what type of student you are: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, or Postdoctoral Scholar.
  7. International Applicants complete the questions: What is your country (or countries) of citizenship? What is your country of birth? What is your current country of residence?
  8. Click Save & Continue.


Preview the information that was entered on each step of the submission process. A green check mark will display to the left of the step if it was completed successfully.

  1. If any information needs to be updated, click the Edit button next to the step name.
  2. Click the View Proof link to view the Abstract Proof in a new window.
  3. If complete, click the Submit button.
  4. The View Submissions screen will display and list the submission you just created in the Submissions section.


Log in using your username and password that you created for the ACS site. Follow the instructions in the MAPS site for making changes to your abstract. We start assembling the BCCE program listing each symposia, title of papers in the symposium and each presenter's and co-author's name and institutional affiliation on 20 February 2018 and therefore you will not be able to make changes after that time.


All presenters, symposium organizers, symposium presiders, including invited speakers, must register for the BCCE and are responsible for their meeting registration fees, travel, food, and lodging unless otherwise notified in writing by Steven Wietstock, General Chair of the 25th BCCE.

On-line advance registration for the meeting, on-campus housing, and on-campus dining will be available starting 16 February 2018 (or thereabouts).


You will be able to view your paper's scheduled time and building and room assignment after 11 April 2018. Please do not contact the 25th BCCE committee about when and where your paper has been scheduled or if you need to make a change in the status of your paper. Contact your symposium organizer for these issues. If you need to withdraw your paper, contact your symposium organizer.


By clicking and submitting an abstract, the organizers of the BCCE assume that you have read and agree to the rules for presenting at the BCCE:



How many presentations can I make?


2 papers

2 posters

2 workshops

1 paper and 1 poster

1 paper and 1 workshop

1 poster and 1 workshop

You can be a second, non-presenting author on as many papers as you wish.

We only look for schedule conflicts where you are the presenter. Unfortunately we cannot look for conflicts when you are listed as a non-presenting author.

Contact us:


Phone: 574-631-2302

Email: bcce2018@nd.edu


Dr. Steven Wietstock
General Chair, BCCE 2018
331 Jordan Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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The University of Notre Dame