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USNCO Support Programs


New this for 2020/2021 are these offerings to help coordinators, teachers, and students participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad.


A series of webinars targeted to coordinators, teachers, and/or students will be held during 2020. Exact dates, times, and registration information will become available closer to the date. For questions, email

Topic Date Time
Serving as a USNCO Coordinator
Heather Abbott-Lyon, Georgia LS
Register Here
October 29, 2020 7:00 PM ET
How to Recruit Students for the USNCO
Craig McClure, Philadelphia LS and Dennis Merat, Memphis LS
Register Here
November 19, 2020 7:00 PM ET
How to Help Students Prepare for USNCO
Register Here
Steve Lantos, Northeastern LS and Ethan Schnell, California LS
December 17, 2020 7:00 PM ET
Interactive Workshop: How to Learn Chemistry, for High School Students
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Saundra McGuire, Baton Rouge LS
January 6, 2021 7:00 PM ET

Recruitment Grants

A total of $5,000 will be allocated to help Local Sections reach additional students through recruitment grants. Maximum grant awards are $500. Applications will be reviewed by volunteers from the USNCO Subcommittee and accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are due by October 9, 2020. Apply today

USNCO Coaching

Coaching sessions will be organized over Zoom and coordinated by the ACS staff. Coaches will be High School Teachers who will be compensated for their time. Up to 20 coaches will be recruited and each coach will work with no more than five high school students at once. Coaching sessions will last for two hours on Fridays near the end of the month leading up to the USNCO Local Section Exam.

Further details will be provided to students who are selected for coaching. Current high school teachers are invited to nominate up to 10 students to take advantage of each of these coaching sessions. Students may not sign up directly. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 23, 2020. Students will be informed if they will receive coaching by Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Apply to be a USNCO Coach

Nominate Students for Coaching