U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

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.

2019 Travelling Team Announced

Final four Chemistry Olympiad travel team

We are delighted to inform you that the team for the International Chemistry Olympiad has been selected. This year, Team USA is composed of:

  •  Edward Jin, Arnold O. Beckman High School, CA, Orange County Local Section
  • Albert Liu, North Hollywood High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  • Anton Ni, University High School, CA, Orange County Local Section
  • Yajvan Ravan, Churchill High School, MI, Detroit Local Section

Our first and second alternates are Allen Ding (Stevenson High School, IL, Chicago Local Section) and Yannik Singh (Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section). Team USA will travel to Paris, France for the International Chemistry Olympiad competition from July 21 -30. Read the article in C&EN. More coverage and interviews with the team will be available later this month. You can follow updates about the team on social media with #USNCO.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Team USA!

2019 Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp Students Named

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, June 2-13, 2019, at the University of Maryland at College Park, MD. The students will compete for a spot on the team representing the United States at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad in Paris, France, July 21-30, 2019.

The 20 finalists: eighteen boys and two girls, representing fourteen ACS local sections and nine states are:

  1. Ridings Bald, The Westminster Schools, GA, Georgia Local Section
  2. Jenny Cai*, Park Tudor School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  3. Anugrah Chemparathy, Dougherty Valley High School, CA, California Local Section
  4. Allen Ding*, Stevenson High School, IL, Chicago Local Section
  5. Andrew Feng, Canyon Crest Academy, CA, San Diego Local Section
  6. Michael Han, Dougherty Valley High School, CA, California Local Section
  7. Edward Jin*, Arnold O. Beckman High School, CA, Orange County Local Section
  8. Alex Li*, Lexington High School, MA, Northeastern Local Section
  9. Albert Liu*, North Hollywood High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  10. Anton Ni*, University High School, CA, Orange County Local Section
  11. Yajvan Ravan*, Churchill High School, MI, Detroit Local Section
  12. Ananthan Sadagopan, Westborough High School, MA, Central Massachusetts Local Section
  13. Yannik Singh, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  14. Nicholas Tsao, St. Mark’s School of Texas, TX, Dallas Fort Worth Local Section
  15. David Wu**, Westview High School, CA, San Diego Local Section
  16. William Xu, Thomas Jefferson High School For Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington
  17. Aaron Xue, Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics, OK, Oklahoma Local Section
  18. Iris Yan*, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  19. Albert Zhu*, Solon High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section
  20. Alec Zhu, Lexington High School, MA, Northeastern Local Section

 * Students who participated in 2018 USNCO Study Camp
** Students who participated in 2017 and 2018 USNCO Study Camp

At the Study Camp the students will be mentored by faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Maryland at College Park, Georgetown University, and the following mentors:

  • Dr. Patrick Chan, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, NY, Head Mentor
  • Dr. Melissa Barranger-Mathys, Ursuline College, OH, College Mentor
  • Dr. Tomislav Pintauer, Duquesne University, PA, College Mentor
  • Mr. Derek Wang, Oxford University, UK, Peer Mentor

 

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 has sponsored the program since 1984. 

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Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition

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

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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 where students are selected for the International competition.

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Study Camp

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

Eligibility

  • 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.

    See Rules and Eligibility

March 1-31, 2019 Local Competition

April 23-29, 2019 National Exam

June 2-13, 2019 Study Camp, University of Maryland, College Park

July 21-30, 2019 51st International Chemistry Olympiad Paris, France