Chemistry Olympiad Coordinators
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are quick answers to the most commonly asked questions from coordinators.
- How do I register my local section to participate in this year’s Olympiad program?
Contact your local section chair or the USNCO office.
- Where do I get exams?
Send an email to email@example.com to request an order form. Local Exams are ordered from the USNCO office.
- How do I know what materials and chemicals I will need for the competition lab practical?
A preliminary listing of materials and chemicals to prepare for the lab practical is sent electronically. You will receive a final material list by mail before the national examination. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- What are the rules for the national exam?
You can review rules online or find them in the Coordinator Handbook.
- What if I have a repeater? Does that affect my allotment?
For the national examination, your section will have 10 or more participants, depending on the size of the section. Students who have participated in the study camp are automatically eligible to take the national examination. If you have repeaters, you can still have your allotment of new participants.
|Date||What’s Happening?||Who's Involved?
|Oct. 17||Invitations to participate in the 2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad emailed to all ACS local section chairs, chair elects and current Olympiad coordinators||
||Contact the USNCO national office for an Olympiad Participation Form.|
|Nov. 17||Olympiad program package mailed to coordinators Includes student allotment for national exam and promotional posters. Printed mailing labels available upon request.||
||Provide materials to chemistry teachers at high schools within your local section.|
|Jan. 16||Participation Response Form Due!||
||Submit the ACS Local Section 2015 Participation Response Form to the USNCO national office.|
|Jan. 23||Deadline to order local examinations||
||Order local examinations from the USNCO office. Order forms available through the USNCO national office (There is a 25% surcharge for late orders).|
|Feb. 9||Local exams mailed to local sections||
||Confirm the receipt of exams.|
|Mar. 1-31||Chemistry Olympiad local examinations administered Answer key for local exams will be available on April 6, 2015||
||Coordinators identify students for the National Chemistry Olympiad competition.|
|March 31||Lists of nominated students and lab practical sites due!Students will not be covered by the insurance if the form is not submitted.||
||Submit a list of all lab practical sites to the USNCO office to obtain insurance coverage.|
||National Exams mailed to participating local sections||
||Confirm the receipt of exams.|
Nominee List and Certificate Request form due!
||Submit the 2015 Nominee List and Certificate Request Form to the USNCO office.|
|Apr. 14-20||U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Exam Administered Answer key for Part I-Multiple Choice of the exam will be available on April 27, 2015||
|Apr. 22||National exams due for grading Exams received after this date will not be graded||
||Send exam answer sheets in the prepaid envelopes to the USNCO office.|
|May 14||Top 20 students announced. Coordinators for selected students will be contacted by phone. All other sections will be notified by e-mail.||
||Coordinators inform students chosen to attend the study camp.|
|June 2-17||Top 20 students attend Olympiad Study Camp||
|June 18||U.S. team for the International Chemistry Olympiad announced||
|July 20-28||U.S. team competes in the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad competition in Baku, Azerbaijan