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A Chemistry Competition for High School Students
Students taking part in a lab exam at the chemistry olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry. Nations around the world conduct examinations to — nominate the most high-performing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Team USA brings gold and silver from Hanoi, Vietnam!

U.S.A Chemistry Olympiad Team
From left to right: Stephen Li, Andrew Chen, Robert Kao, Derek Wang
Photo by: Melissa Barranger Mathys

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program would like to proudly announce the success of the Alpha Eta Team at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 29, 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

U.S. Team students:

Andrew Chen, West Windsor Plainsboro High School South, NJ, won silver medal

Robert Kao, Edwin O. Smith High School, CT, won gold medal

Stephen Li, Troy High School, MI, earned silver medal

Derek Wang, North Allegheny Senior High School, PA, received silver medal

The USA Team students competed against students 74 from countries.

 Congratulations to Team USA for this great achievement!

2014 Exams

Students can evaluate their performance on the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Local Exam and National Exam.

2015 USNCO Schedule

  • Oct. 17, 2014–Feb. 28, 2015
    Registration open
  • March 1–31, 2015
    Local Exam
    administered by ACS Local Sections
  • April 6, 2015
    Local Exam answers available
  • April 14–20, 2015
    National Exam
    for Local Section nominees
  • April 27, 2015
    National Exam Part I available
  • June 2–17, 2015
    Study Camp
    at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado
  • June 18, 2015
    2015 US team (Alpha Delta) announced
  • July 20–28, 2015
    47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan