How many presentations and what types of presentations can I make at the BCCE?

The BCCE Rule of Two:

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 (or third), non-presenting co-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 co-author.

The list of symposia can be found at

View the current list of symposia as a downloadable PDF or an EXCEL spreadsheet.

View the current list of workshops as a downloadable PDF or an EXCEL spreadsheet.



Please Read These Instructions Completely
Before Submitting Your Abstract

The absolute abstract deadline has been extended through Monday, March 2nd, 2020.
Presenters will receive notice of the acceptance of their abstract to a symposium and the tentative date for the symposium around April 20 or 21 from the symposium organizer. On May 13 ACS MAPS will send presenters an announcement for the date, time, building and room number for their presentation.

Rules for Presenting Professional Work at the 26th BCCE

Thank you for submitting an abstract of your professional work to the 26th BCCE. The program committee depends on the presentation of high quality scholarship, research and practice to ensure the participants of our conference view the BCCE as worthwhile. 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 26th 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.


Please read all of the following information. The 26th BCCE is using the American Chemical Society MAPS system for submission of abstracts. The 25th BCCE used this system for their conference, and members of DivCHED BCC and DivCHED ExCom are still working on fixing issues in MAPS relative to the BCCE -- your patience is appreciated. The Meeting Abstracts Programming System (MAPS) is the on-line 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. The MAPS Submission Center allows you to submit an abstract or view previously-submitted abstracts. The BCCE program committee will use what you submit to MAPS as what will be posted in the program guide and on the 26th BCCE website. It is not a requirement to be a member of the American Chemical Society to present a paper or poster at the 26th BCCE.

You will need to select a symposium from the list of the 26th BCCE on the ACS MAPS website in order to submit an abstract to a symposium. If you are submitting an abstract to the "General Papers" symposium look for the General Papers Symposium with Prof. Bill Donovan as the organizer. If you are submitting an abstract for a "Poster" look for the Poster Session Symposium with Prof. John Gelder as the organizer. You will be notified if your abstract is accepted or not by March 30, 2020.

Upon submission of your abstract, an e-mail message will be sent to the individual whose e-mail address is submitted as the presenter on the abstract form. Submission of an abstract does not guarantee that your abstract will be accepted to the symposium session you submitted it to or even acceptance to the BCCE program. The symposium organizers, the poster chairs and the BCCE program chairs will make a decision about the disposition of all abstracts. ACS MAPS will send a notice of acceptance or declination. The symposium organizer or poster chair or general papers chair will contact you if your abstract is accepted to his or her symposium sometime around March 30, 2020.

A total of 20 minutes is allocated for each paper presentation within a symposium. The ACS standard of 15 minutes is allocated for the presentation of content. In the beginning, the presider will give a short introduction of you and at the end you will have a 3-4 minute question and answer (Q&A) period. Your Q&A period also allows time for the next presenter to connect their computer and their presentation to the projector. A total of 20 minutes is allocated for each symposium paper presentation, but realistically one has a maximum of 18 minutes to present content. Plan your presentation accordingly – practice and time your presentation.


Login to MAPS using your ACS ID using the button below.

Submit Abstract


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
  • You are not obligated to join the ACS as a member
  • One does not have to be a member of ACS to present a paper or poster at the BCCE


  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.


Note: If you are submitting an abstract for a poster, select the Poster Symposium (Prof. John Gelder is the organizer).

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. Please note that the Submission Deadline and Total Characters are located at the top of the page for your convenience.

Click Save & Continue



Edit the content of your abstract submission. 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.
    • The ACS encourages the use of 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.

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.


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 February 25, 2020 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 Prof. Richard Nafshun, General Chair of the 26th BCCE, Oregon State University.

On-line advance registration for the meeting, on-campus housing and on-campus dining will be available March 30, 2020 (or thereabouts).


You will be able to view your paper's scheduled time and building and room assignment after April 20, 2020. Please do not contact the 26th 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 through MAPS to the 26th BCCE, the organizers of the 26th BCCE assume that you have read and agree to the rules for presenting at the 26th BCCE.



Contact Us: During the conference the 26th BCCE Program Chairs are located in The LaSells Stewart Center in the Wells Fargo Room.

26th BCCE General Chair:
Richard Nafshun, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
E-mail address: [email protected].

26th BCCE Ombuds Person:
Lou Wojcinski, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
E-mail address: [email protected].

26th BCCE Program Chair:
Tom Greenbowe, Senior Instructor II, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
Morrill Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
E-mail address: [email protected].

Please Note:

ACS DivCHED Rule on Recordings and Photographing at 26th BCCE 2020

1) The use of any device to capture, stream, upload or rebroadcast speakers or presentations to any public media site or network is strictly prohibited without the express written consent of the ACS Division of Chemical Education (DivCHED).

2) Unless expressly prohibited by the 26th BCCE program committee, symposium organizer or presenter, cameras, camera phones, and tablet cameras may only be used to:

  • capture images of presenters and other participants at the end of presentations with appropriate permissions of those photographed
  • capture images used in note taking apps as long as the notes are for personal use and are not shared with any other individual or posted on any electronic or hardcopy sites

3) Any other use is strictly prohibited at all official ACS DivCHED meetings and events without the express written consent from the ACS DivCHED.

Please respect the author’s copyrights and intellectual property.