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Abstract Volume 11 Issue 1 (2006) pp 49-54

First-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Education International Conference: A Report from the Inaugural Conference

Catherine Hurt Middlecamp* and Paul Kelter*

Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, and Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801,

Published online: 23 January 2006

Abstract. The inaugural FYI-Chemistry conference, sponsored by the International Center for First-Year Undergraduate Education (ICUC), was the focal point for a three-day gathering of 170 chemical educators from throughout the world. The conference theme, “First-Year Chemistry: The Richness of Difference,” was chosen in recognition of what chemical educators can learn from each other as a result of common interests that span yet widely different geographical and cultural settings. We present an overview of the conference together with summaries of a wide range of symposia, including “Social Justice and Responsibility” and “The Role of Mathematics Preparation in Student Placement” in First-Year Chemistry Classes.

Key Words: Of Special Interest; general chemistry; introductory chemistry; international; first-year chemistry; diversity; laboratory; placement; assessment; ICUC

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Marcos Campillo Fenoll , translator; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Issue date: February 1, 2006

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