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Dear Colleagues,

This is a call for abstracts from both practitioners and researchers for the symposium titled” STEM Persistence Amid a Pandemic”. This symposium will take place this summer at the 2022 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) at Purdue University from July 31st – August 4th. Abstracts are due on February 28th, 2022, for full consideration. Please submit your abstracts to MAPS

Symposium Description

Students’ persistence in STEM is of great concern for educators and researchers. Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected STEM persistence, and if so in what ways? In this symposium, we are going to explore different activities educators and researchers are pursing in classrooms and colleges to support students’ persistence in STEM and the impact of the pandemic. These activities include, but not are limited to research studies of factors that affect students’ persistence, science identity development, sense of belonging, and results from programs implemented at the university or college level to support students. We invite researchers and practitioners to share their findings with the community. 

Thank you,

Symposium Organizers:

Julia Y.K. Chan, Ph.D (

Sachel Villafane-Garcia, Ph.D  (

Barbara L. Gonzalez, Ph.D (


Sachel Villafane-Garcia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Julia Y.K. Chan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Barbara L. Gonzalez, Ph.D. 

Professor of Chemistry


California State University Fullerton

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

800 N. State College Blvd.

Fullerton, CA. 92834-6866