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Welcome to the 217th 2YC3 Conference at Bronx Community College

Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium

Registration is now open!

The 217th 2YC3 Conference will be hosted by Bronx Community College from May 26-27. The goal of 2YC3 is to provide professional development opportunities for chemistry educators with the aim of enhancing student learning.

Come join us for an exciting opportunity to learn and share new ideas.


How to Register

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Late Registration
After April 7, 2017


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High School Teachers and Students


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Book your hotel room early – there are a limited number of rooms reserved at the conference rate. Book now!

Who should attend?

All chemistry educators from high school, college and university institutions are encouraged to attend or participate. You may contribute to our program by giving a presentation, leading a workshop, or participating in panel discussions.

We especially encourage topics related to our theme "Creative Teaching Strategies."

Flipped Classroom Teaching

The flipped classroom model puts students squarely in charge of their learning and assigns them the role of “teacher.” This model assumes that students will complete preliminary work prior to class so they are prepared to engage in higher-level learning experiences during class. The success of this model depends on the students having done the assigned pre-class work, so as to be ready for in-class workshops and assessments

Interdisciplinary Teaching

In the current age, the traditional lines separating pure science from technology and engineering and from their myriad applications have become increasingly blurred. Biochemistry, bio- and chem- informatics, bio-physics and other dual-named disciplines have become common in academic and commercial research and development. Best practices involve interdepartmental cooperation among chairs, faculty and lab technicians, as well as shared lab space and equipment.

Grant writing Panels/workshops

Dr. Thomas Higgins from the National Science Foundation will lead a workshop on “Hints and Tips for Writing NSF proposals” (an interactive session) and a panel of a half dozen successful NSF recipients, including York College’s Provost, will let us know what it takes to be successful.

Chemistry for Non-Majors

Most college curricula require a science elective. But many students steer clear of chemistry because it is perceived as a “hard” science that is very conceptual and overloaded with math. This perception can be diluted by taking a scientific point of view on contemporary topics such as alternate energy sources, global warming, air and water pollution and genetically modified farming among others. Many of the choices we make every day are related to chemistry, such as what we have for breakfast, what personal care products we prefer and what colors we choose for clothing and home décor.

Accelerated Teaching Models

To complete a degree program within a reasonable time frame, many students need to take focused courses over three to five weeks instead of the traditional 15-week semester. Accelerated programs meet this need, but require special teaching methods that promote long-term memory for students learning over a very short period. The main advantage of accelerated programs is that they are sharply focused and can draw a student’s attention on a single course. This facet alone may serve as an alternate teaching model for many other college level courses.

Computer Technology in Chemistry

Modern college chemistry courses are transitioning from the traditional laboratory to virtual labs using computer-assisted experiments that include data capture, analysis and management. Traditional classrooms are also transitioning to smart classrooms that enhance student collaboration and involvement in data sharing and the development of research papers, posters and presentations.

Quantitative Literacy/Case Studies/Math Phobia

In the past, the three “Rs” in learning (reading, writing and arithmetic) had been the bedrock of education. Now, it seems that these skills are being diluted by many outside distractions, and it seems that “Rithmatic” has suffered the most. The term “Quantitative Literacy” is an attempt to recognize that “word problems” — math embedded in written problems — are very challenging to students. Math Phobia is the term applied to those who generally have trouble with math, but are really fearful of word problems because they have not mastered the logic needed for the solutions.

Assessment Tools

What is assessment? Where do we begin?  What is the “right” path to take when assessing a science program or course?  What should students know before entering a new required core or flexible core course? A presentation will include various ways to assess student work and progress, and much more.

Undergraduate Research as a Teaching Tool

This session will discuss the process of engaging students in research and examine the benefits and challenges. Benefits include reinforcing material and concepts learned in classes, applying these concepts to real-world problems, improving outlook on class attendance and in-class engagement and improved student learning and retention rates, as well as interdisciplinary development through exposure to multiple subjects. The challenges include prioritization for students with familial and work obligations, process conflict in work groups and delegation of resources.

Attracting High School Students to Science Careers

High school teachers will be presenting their efforts and successes with student participation in research programs and presentations at Science Fairs, collaborations with university professors and attendance at conferences. Science major undergraduates who are experienced tutors and research assistants can be recruited as program technical assistants to help develop and coordinate hands on exploration activities such as robotics, coding, web development, drones, flight instruction and 3D printing for high school participants. Moreover, by addressing the concerns and issues confronting urban youth, they can also act as role models, mentors and leaders.

217th 2YC3 Conference

Conference Announcement

Call for Papers

Proposal due date extended to April 21, 2017

Creative Teaching Strategies

May 26-27, 2017

Bronx Community College

2155 University Ave, Bronx NY 10453

You are invited to contribute to our program by giving a presentation, leading a workshop or participating in a panel discussion. We especially encourage topics related to our theme “Creative Teaching Strategies.” If you would like to present on a different topic, please do not hesitate to submit an abstract — we encourage as diverse a program as possible. The due date for submitting abstracts is April 6, 2017.

Some exciting keynotes include Dr. Paris Svoronos from Queensborough Community College, who will discuss “Strategies at 2-year Colleges that Secure the Success of Ethnically Diverse STEM Students,” a workshop lead by Dr. Thomas Higgins from NSF on “Hints and Tips for Writing NSF Proposals” (an interactive session) and a panel of a half dozen successful NSF recipients, including York College Provost Dr. Panayiotis Meleties on letting us know what it takes to be successful.

Paris Svoronos was awarded a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry by Georgetown University (1979) and has been a faculty member at Queensborough Community College since 1981. He has served as a full professor (1981-present) and the chair of its chemistry department (2001-10), being the first person to institute undergraduate research at the community college level since 2000. He has been selected as the Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year by CASE/Carnegie Foundation (2003) and the Chair of the American Chemical Society-New York section (2015). In 2016 he was presented with the E.Ann Nalley Regional Award of the American Chemical Society and the New York Section's Outstanding Service Award.

Please join us at 2YC3. This will be a very informative conference, where there will be multiple sources of input (high school teachers, students) on how to more effectively reach our student population.

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Conference Chair

Dr. Vicki Flaris



Day 1 – Friday May 26, 2017
8:00–8:45 AM Registration: Hall of Fame Playhouse, Roscoe Brown Student Center
8:45–9:00AMOpening Remarks by President Thomas A. Isekenegbe / Hall of Fame Playhouse
9:00–10:00 AM Keynote Address by Dr. Paris Svoronos, QCC, "Strategies at 2-year Colleges that Secure the Success of Ethnically Diverse STEM Students" / Hall of Fame Playhouse
10:00–10:30 AM 2YC3 Meeting / Hall of Fame Playhouse
10:30–11:00 AMRefreshments / New Library Room 133
11:00–11:30 AMSession I
11:30 AM–12:00 PMSession II
12:00–1:00 PMLunch:  Roscoe Brown Room 211
1:00–2:00 PM "Hints and Tips for Writing NSF Proposals" / Hall of Fame Playhouse
2:00–2:30 PMPoster Session
2:30–3:00 PM Refreshments / North Hall and Library Room 133
3:00–3:30 PMSession III
3:30–4:00 PMSession IV
4:00–4:15 PMBus departs BCC for Harlem
5:00–7:00 PM

Harlem Walking Tour

The two-hour guided walking tour of the neighborhood that is the historic African-American cultural capital will be led by Eugene Adams and his staff. We will visit important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, historic Harlem jazz clubs and more. We will see popular locations for Hip Hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. The cost of the tour is $18 with tips.
7:00–9:30 PM

Dinner Banquet at Sylvia's Restaurant

Sylvia's is the restaurant that Sylvia Woods opened in 1962 in Harlem. Ms. Woods, who was born in South Carolina, was one of many black Americans who moved north in the early 20th century, and she built her business on the traditional Southern cooking. Today Sylvia's is world-famous for its soul food. For decades it was a prime example of how a neighborhood restaurant could thrive as a social center. The cost of this dinner with tips is $50 and includes 3 entrees, 3 sides, dessert and beverages.
9:30–9:45 PM Bus returns to Bronx Community College
Day 2 – Saturday May 27, 2017
8:00–8:30 AMRegistration: Hall of Fame Playhouse Lobby
8:30–9:30 AMKeynote Address by Dr. Pam Mills & Dr. Donna McGregor, Lehman College "Flipped Classroom" / Hall of Fame Playhouse
9:30–10:00 AMSession V
10:00–10:30 AMSession VI
10:30–11:00 AMRefreshments / New Library Room 133
11:00–11:30 AMSession VII
11:30–12:00 PMPoster Session
12:00–1:00 PMLunch: Roscoe Brown Room 211
1:00–1:30 PMSession VIII
1:30–2:00 PMSession IX
2:00–2:30 PMSession X
2:30–3:00 PMRefreshments / New Library Room 133
3:00–3:30 PMClosing Remarks / Hall of Fame Playhouse

Exhibitor Information

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event/Item Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Banquet


  • Recognition and signage at event
  • Promotional items in participants bags
  • Full color one-page ad in program book
  • Five free registrations
  • Introduction of guest speaker and a 1-2 minute introduction for your company
  • Base benefits

Conference Tote Bag


  • B & W company name and logo along with BCC and 2YC3 logo printed on tote bags
  • Promotional items in participants bags
  • Full color one-page ad in printed conference program
  • Three free registrations
  • Base benefits

Pen and Notebook


  • B & W company name and logo printed on pen and notebook
  • ½ page color ad in printed conference program
  • Three free registrations
  • Base benefits

Morning Mixer (2-Available)

$1,500 per mixer

  • Signage at event
  • Promotional items in participants bags
  • ½ page color ad in printed conference program
  • Two free registrations
  • Base benefits

Badge and Lanyard


  • B & W company name and logo printed on lanyard
  • Promotional items in participants bags
  • ½ page color ad in printed conference program
  • Two free registrations
  • Base benefits

Refreshment Breaks

sponsor @ $950

  • Web listing
  • Signage at event
  • ¼ page color ad in printed conference program
  • Two free registration
  • Base benefits

Base benefits

  • Exhibit space
  • Recognition of company on conference website with a link to your business website
  • Description and contact information in the conference program


2YC3 Industrial Sponsor Fee

  • $200 for new Industrial Sponsors
  • $0 for current Industrial Sponsors

Advertising Opportunities


  • Full page ad (in color) in printed conference program



  • Half page ad (in color) in printed conference program



  • ¼ page ad (in color) in printed conference program


Ad Specifications
  • All ads must be sent electronically in either a JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and must conform to the following dimensions:
  • Full Page – 10.5" (h) x 8" (w)
  • Half Page Vertical – 10.5" (h) x 3.875" (w)
  • Half Page Horizontal – 5.125" (h) x 8" (w)
  • Quarter Page – 5.125" (h) x 3.875" (w)

The deadline to submit ad and fees will be Monday, March 13, 2017 by 5:00 PM ET. Please make checks payable to Bronx Community College with 2YC3 Conference included in the memo.

Checks should be mailed to:

c/o Dr. Vicki Flaris
Chemistry Department
Bronx Community College
2155 University Ave
Bronx NY 10453



Program Chair

Dr. Vicki Flaris
Chemistry Department
Bronx Community College
2155 University Ave
Bronx NY 10453



Royal Regency Hotel located in Yonkers, New York 165 Tuckahoe Rd. Yonkers, NY 10710

Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers

We are pleased to have secured special discounted rates for conference attendees!

    $155.00 per night
    $155.00 per night

If you are interested in reserving rooms at these discounted rates, click here.

* Free continental breakfast and WIFI available at the hotel

* Free shuttle bus service is available between BCC and the hotel

Local Attractions


    A night on the town or a day at the races is easy with 5,300 slot machines, baccarat tables, Italian dining and trackside dining less than a mile away.

    Just 10 miles away is Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary New York Yankees and several iconic entertainment performances throughout history.

    Home to the New York Giants, New York Jets, and the NFL Super Bowl XLVII, MetLife Stadium is a premier sports and entertainment destination.

    Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers has reinvented the movie-going experience. Travel + Leisure calls it one of the world’s coolest movie theaters.

    This 81-acre outdoor shopping complex has a Main Street feel complete with a lush town square, children’s play area, dancing fountains, and a trolley.

    Westchester County owns and operates six beautiful 18-hole courses, several within a 5-10 mile radius of The Royal Regency Hotel.


    A short 20-minute train ride takes guests to midtown Manhattan for fine dining, shopping on Fifth Avenue, Broadway shows, and more.

    A one-of-a-kind venue in Westchester, each show is produced exclusively for the WBT with Broadway performers, directors, and designers.

    Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, and the largest botanical garden in any city in the U.S.

    The high-style Georgian mansion boasts an original 1750s paper-mache ceiling and selections from the Cochran Collection of American Portraiture.

    The largest cultural institution in Westchester, the museum complex includes six art galleries, the Andrus Planetarium, and historic Glenview Mansion.

    One of the few existing pre-Revolutionary homesteads in New York, the 1740 tenant farmhouse is a well-preserved example of Anglo-Dutch homes.

    An interactive experience featuring hands-on play areas, 4D cinema, master classes, rides, and Westchester County and NYC, made entirely of LEGOs.




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Here is a downloadable campus map or you can view the campus interactively with Google Maps. The conference will be conveniently located in the Hall of Fame Playhouse


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