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. Contact us: USNCO@acs.org

 

2020 Team USA wins four gold medals at the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad

Team USA members with their mentors after watching the closing ceremony of the 52nd IChO (L to R): Top row: Anugrah Chemparathy, Joseph Houck, Alex Li. Middle row: Anathan Sadagopan, Melissa Barranger Mathys, Alec Zhu. Bottom row: Esther Hines
Team USA members with their mentors after watching the closing ceremony of the 52nd IChO (L to R): Top row: Anugrah Chemparathy, Joseph Houck, Alex Li. Middle row: Anathan Sadagopan, Melissa Barranger Mathys, Alec Zhu. Bottom row: Esther Hines
Image courtesy of Joseph Houck

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program proudly announces the extraordinary performance of Team USA at the 52nd remote access International Chemistry Olympiad competition, which concluded July 30, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Alex Li from Lexington High School, MA won the Top Gold medal, placing first in the overall ranking of students. Alec Zhu of Lexington High School, MA,  Ananthan Sadagopan from Westborough High School, MA, and Anugrah Chemparathy of Dougherty Valley High School, CA, all earned gold medals placing 8th, 12th and 24th respectively.

Three mentors supported Team USA; Melissa Baranger Mathys, Ursuline College, OH, head mentor, Joseph Houck, Penn State University, PA, college mentor and esther Hines, Billerica High School, MA, high school mentor.

235 students from 60 countries competed at this year’s remote access International Chemistry Olympiad coordinated from Istanbul, Turkey.

ACS has sponsored the American team annually since the U.S. joined the Olympiad in 1984. Principal funding is through the ACS Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Olympiad Endowment, with additional support from other donors.

Congratulations Team USA for this great achievement!

Read the C&EN article about the sucess of the Team USA

How to Participate in the USNCO

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. 

In order to participate you must:

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Participate in the 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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If your Local Section nominates you after the Local Competition, you will have the opportunity to participate in the 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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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.

Student 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

2020 USNCO Schedule

  • May 31-June 12, 2020 Study Camp
  • July, 2020 52nd International Virtual Chemistry Olympiad  

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