U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered chemistry competition. The top four students of the national competition represent the United States in the annual International Chemistry Olympiad.


USA Alpha Theta Team for 47th International Chemistry Olympiad

Announcing the students who will represent the U.S. at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-29, 2015

2015 USA Olympiad Team
Left to Right: S. Boominathan, R. Wang, D. Wang, R. Fu, B. Cai, J. Ong
Photo by Patrick Chan
USA Team Alpha Theta

Soorajnath Boominathan, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OK, Oklahoma Local Section
Bryce Cai
, Barrington High School, IL, Chicago Local Section
Janice Ong
, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington
David Wang
, Monta Vista High School, CA, Santa Clara Valley Local Section     


1st alternate: Rueih-Sheng Fu, Arcadia High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
2nd alternate: Richard Wang
, North Hollywood High School, CA, Southern California Local

How to Participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a chemistry competition for high school students. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has sponsored the program since 1984. 

Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition
The local competition is open to all high school students. ACS Local Sections use various methods to choose nominees for the national exam. Students can review past Local Exams to study for their local competition.

National Chemistry Olympiad Exam
The national exam involves three parts administered to more than 1,000 students. Students can use past National Exams to prepare. The 20 top-scoring students are chosen to attend a study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA).

Study Camp
The 20 top scoring students from the National Exam spend two weeks at the USAFA study camp to undergo rigorous training. Based on their performance four students are chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad


  • Students must be U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to take the U.S. national examination.
  • High school students who will graduate no earlier than Spring of the year that they participate in the competition are eligible.
  • Students must be under the 20 years of age on the first of July of the year of the competition.

    Read more about competition rules and eligibility