U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition goes online

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 — The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp, May 31-June 12. The students outscored more than 16,000 others to qualify for the intensive virtual camp, where they will receive college-level training with an emphasis on organic chemistry through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises and tests.

The USNCO Virtual Study Camp is being organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in collaboration with the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the conclusion of the study camp, the top four students will represent the U.S. at the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad in July. Two additional students will be designated as alternates. 

The 20 finalists are:

City/StateNameHigh School
Arcadia, Calif.Alex DangArcadia High School
Irvine, Calif.Nicholas Ouyang University High School
San Ramon, Calif.Anugrah ChemparathyDougherty Valley High School
San Ramon, Calif.Michael Han*Dougherty Valley High School
AtlantaRidings Bald*The Westminster Schools
Carmel, Ind. Robbie GeCarmel High School
Carmel, Ind.Yannik Singh*Carmel High School 
Carmel, Ind. Iris Yan**Carmel High School
Amherst, Mass.Andrew NiAmherst Regional High School
Lexington, Mass.Alex Li** Lexington High School
Lexington, Mass.Alec Zhu*Lexington High School
Westborough, Mass.Ananthan Sadagopan*Westborough High School
Reno, Nev. Derek ChienDavidson Academy
Hackensack, N.J.Nathan TangBergen County Academies
Princeton, N.J. Qiyang Zhou PRISMS
DallasNicholas Tsao*St. Mark's School of Texas
Katy, TexasPhoenix WuSeven Lakes High School
Katy, TexasYitian ZhuSeven Lakes High School
Alexandria, Va.Kaien YangThomas Jefferson High School for Science
Morgantown, W.V.Sachin ThakerMorgantown High School

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

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. For a complete list of donors, visit

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