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 Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp Students Named

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp, May 31–June 12, 2020. The USNCO Virtual Study Camp will be organized by the American Chemical Society in collaboration with the Chemistry Department of the University of Maryland at College Park, MD.

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

  1. Ridings Bald*, The Westminster Schools, GA, Georgia Local Section
  2. Anugrah Chemparathy*, Dougherty Valley High School, CA, California Local Section
  3. Derek Chien, Davidson Academy, NV, Sierra Nevada Local Section
  4. Alex Dang, Arcadia High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  5. Robbie Ge, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  6. Michael Han*, Dougherty Valley High School, CA, California Local Section
  7. Alex Li**, Lexington High School, MA, Northeastern Local Section
  8. Andrew Ni, Amherst Regional High School, MA, Connecticut Valley Local Section
  9. Nicholas Ouyang, University High School, CA, Orange County Local Section
  10. Ananthan Sadagopan*, Westborough High School, MA, Central Massachusetts Local Section
  11. Yannik Singh*, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  12. Nathan Tang, Bergen County Academies, NJ, North Jersey Local Section
  13. Sachin Thaker, Morgantown High School, WV, Northern West Virginia Local Section
  14. Nicholas Tsao*, St. Mark’s School of Texas, TX, Dallas Fort Worth Local Section
  15. Phoenix Wu, Seven Lakes High School, TX, Greater Houston Local Section
  16. Iris Yan**, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  17. Kaien Yang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington
  18. Qiyang Zhou, Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, NJ, Princeton Local Section
  19. Alec Zhu*, Lexington High School, MA, Northeastern Local Section
  20. Yitian Zhu, Seven Lakes High School, TX, Greater Houston Local Section

* Students who participated in 2019 USNCO Study Camp
** Students who participated in 2018 and 2019 USNCO Study Camp

Participants of the USNCO Virtual Study Camp will be mentored by faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Maryland at College Park, and the following mentors:

  • Dr. Melissa Barranger-Mathys, Ursuline College, OH, Head mentor
  • Dr. Joseph Houck, Penn State University, PA, College mentor
  • Ms. Esther Hines, Billerica Memorial High School, MA, High School mentor
  • Mr. Harrison Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Peer mentor

Important information about the USNCO competition regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

The following changes will only be effective this year due to the current extraordinary circumstances

The USNCO subcommittee met again and decided:

1.      To offer Local Sections the option of administering a digital USNCO local exam for this year’s competition.

  • Every Local Section will make its own decision if they are able to proctor digital USNCO local exam to students.  The exam will be administered only on one day and time.
  • The date of the digital local exam will be communicated to students by their coordinators.
  • The digital USNCO local exam will be taken by students in their homes. Before taking the exam, students sign an honor code and a parent/guardian consents to an electronic exam.
  • Details about each Local Section exams’ administration will be provided by local section coordinators.
  • Coordinators should not accept students from neighboring local sections this year.

2.      To administer a digital UNSCO National Exam for this year’s competition

  • The digital National Exam will be taken only by nominees selected by Local Sections, each nominee will be informed by their LS coordinator
  • All the USNCO national exam eligibility criteria apply
  • The digital USNCO national exam will be taken by students in their homes. Before taking the exam, students sign an honor code and a parent/guardian consents to an electronic exam.
  • Details about each digital USNCO national exam’s administration will be provided by local section coordinators directly to selected students.  The exam will be administered only on one day and time.

Please contact USNCO@acs.org if you have any questions.

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:

1

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.

2

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.

3

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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USNCO In the News

USA Team wins three gold and one silver medals at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad
Read the article in C&EN.

Final four Chemistry Olympiad travel team
L-R: Edward Jin, Anton Ni, Yajvan Ravan and Albert Liu at the 51st IChO in Paris, France.
Melissa Barranger-Mathys

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