Oklahoma Local Section

Oklahoma Section Chemistry Olympiad

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a multi-tiered competition sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1984. It consists of the following:

Local Section Competition - This competition consists of a multiple-choice ACS exam administered by the teachers at participating high schools. The top eight students are selected to represent the Oklahoma Section during the National Exam.

National Examination - A three-part, four and one-half hour examination which includes multiple choice questions, a free-response section, and a laboratory practical administered by the ACS local sections. The scores are used to select twenty of the top students to attend the USNCO study camp.

Study Camp - A two-week training camp held at the U.S. Air Force Academy to prepare 20 students for the international competition. Based on the performance at the study camp, four students are selected to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad.

International Chemistry Olympiad (IchO) - A ten-day competition held abroad. Typically four students comprise a team and approximately 50 teams participate. The competition consists of a five-hour theoretical exam and a five-hour laboratory exam. The students also participate in cultural exchange activities.

For more information about the Chemistry Olympiad, visit this ACS link.

 Goals of the USNCO Program

The ACS views the USNCO program as a means of investing in the future of young chemists in this country. The goals of the Olympiad are:

  • to stimulate all young people to achieve excellence in chemistry;
  • to recognize outstanding chemistry students and, by doing so to encourage additional learning at a formative time in their intellectual development;
  • to recognize the excellent achievement of the teachers of these students and the importance of the school environment in which they learn;
  • to promote contact between ACS local sections and area schools and to foster the interest and influence of professional chemists in the teaching of chemistry;
  • to foster cross-cultural experiences and to acquaint students with similarities and differences between themselves and their counterparts in other nations; and,
  • to challenge the chemical knowledge and skills of students in an international arena.

Attention High School Teachers

The Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that we will be participating again in this year’s competition. Dr. Tami Martyn of Southwestern Oklahoma State University will serve as coordinator of the local competition.

Students from the Oklahoma Section continue to excel in this program. Sunil Aggarwal from Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics was selected to attend the USNCO Study Camp in 1997.  Rachel Mesis, also from OSSM, was selected to attend the 1999 study camp.  Luke McSpadden and Amanda Stockton, both of OSSM, were selected for the 2000 study camp, where Luke was then selected to be part of the four student U.S. team which competed in Copenhagen. We hope to see your student(s) at the next Study Camp!

The eight students participating in the National Examination are invited with their teachers to the meeting of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society in May. Each student is presented with a   cash award for their hard work and success in this program.

If your high school has not participated and you would like to start this year, contact  Dr. Tami Martyn at  tami.martyn@swosu.edu   for more information.



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