2021 Chemistry Olympiad virtual study camp students named

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2021 — The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will participate in the 2021 Chemistry Olympiad Virtual Study Camp, May 31-June 11. The students outscored more than 16,000 others on a national exam 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 53rd International Chemistry Olympiad on July 25 - Aug. 2. Two additional students will be designated as alternates. 

The 20 finalists are:

City/State Name High School
Arcadia, Calif.  *Alex Dang       Arcadia High School
Irvine, Calif.      Nathan Yihe Ouyang University High School
Palo Alto, Calif. Alexander Gu   Gunn High School 
San Diego Nikhil Seshadri University City High School
East Lyme, Conn.  Mingwen Duan             East Lyme High School
Gainesville, Fla.  Bill Zhao Eastside High School
Carmel, Ind.      Canaan He Carmel High School
Carmel, Ind. Jack Liu   Carmel High School
Ames, Iowa Nethaka Dassanayake    Ames High School
Bethesda, Md. Kien Phuong Landon School 
Ann Arbor, Mich.  Arnav Brahmasandra Pioneer High School
Reno, Nev.  *Derek Chien    Davidson Academy
Exeter, N.H. Neil Chowdhury            Phillips Exeter Academy
Princeton, N.J. *Qiyang Zhou   PRISMS
Warren, N.J. June Yin Watchung Hills Regional High School
Syosset, N.Y.   Alex Wang Syosset High School
Sylvania, Ohio Frank Lee Northview High School
Katy, Texas      *Phoenix Wu Seven Lakes High School
Katy, Texas      *Yitian Zhu Seven Lakes High School
Alexandria, Va.  Sunwoo Lee Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

*Students who participated in 2020 USNCO Study Camp

Please visit the USNCO website to see the list of other students who achieved high marks on the annual national exam.

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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