American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Caribbean Division Annual Conference.

The AAAS-Caribbean Division will hold its 36th Annual Conference (AAAS-CD 09) jointly with SERMACS 2022. “The conference will also include scientific sessions, teachers and students workshops. The Robert I. Larus award will be presented to the best graduate student poster.

Please Note:
Program format and times are subject to change. Please consult the final program. All events are sponsored or co-sponsored by Student Chapter Members and University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

To contact the Undergraduate Program Chair, Dr. Brenda Ramos, (

Inorganic Porous and Layered Materials Symposium

Organizers: Dr. Luyi Sun (U. Connecticut), Dr. Jorge L. Colón (UPR-Río Piedras), Dr. Mario V. Ramos-Garcés (Penn State)

Description: The symposium will consist of two sessions that will include the chemistry of nanosized layered inorganic compounds, the nanostructure and heterogeneity of materials, functional inorganic layered materials, layered organic–inorganic hybrid materials, novel layered copper–lithium phosphonates, bioinspired catalysts, inorganic solid-state chemistry, industrially significant catalysts and catalytic properties, multifunctional nanostructured materials, high performance functional materials for nanotechnology, biotechnology and micro/nano-electronics, and metal organic frameworks.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications for Chemistry Education

Organizer: Maria Gallardo Williams, NC State University,

Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are exciting new technologies that have applications in the classroom as well as in distance education environments. Uniquely engaging, and with the potential to deliver content in an accessible manner, VR and AR are disrupting education and creating unique challenges and opportunities. This symposium aims to cover the current state of the field of VR and AR applications in STEM education, including technical aspects, instructional development, impact on diversity and inclusion, case studies, recent uses during the COVID-19 pandemic, and future developments.

Preliminary Program Thursday

Plenary Lecture I 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Exhibition 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Graduate School Fair 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Symposia 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Undergraduate Poster Session I 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Undergraduate Oral Presentations
Workshops 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Plenary Lecture II 1:30 -2:30 PM

Undergraduate Poster Session II 5:00 -7:00 PM

Assessment and Chemistry Education Research: Creating and Using Measures of Student Learning

Organizer: Stacey Lowery Bretz, Miami University, Ohio,

Assessment has often been referred to as “the tail that wags the dog” because students can be extrinsically motivated to learn what we test. Therefore, chemistry teachers should carefully examine not only what students should know and be able to do, but also what we assess and how. This symposium will showcase chemistry education research focused on the development and/or implementation of classroom and program assessments.

Graduate School Fair

Thursday, October 20, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Puerto Rico Convention Center

Undergraduate students can interact with representatives of different graduate schools and learn more about the research programs available at these universities as well as their chances of getting accepted into these graduate programs.

For more information please contact Dr. Milagros Delgado ( and Dr. Will Lynch (

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