ACS New Haven, Ct -Local Section

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition

The Chemistry Olympiad program is a competition designed to stimulate interest and promote achievement in high school chemistry, and, ultimately, it brings together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry.  This program also provides recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools.  Nations around the world implement their own selection process to identify the most high-performing students who will then compete at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).  The selection process in the U.S., aka the USNCO competition, consists of a multi-tiered competition; generally, it first involves a local competition, aka the Local Exam, and it is then followed by the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition, aka the USNCO National Exam, both competitions being sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and administered by its local sections.  The top 20 students at the USNCO National Exam are then invited to attend a 2-week study camp, and 4 students, along with 2 alternates, end up being chosen to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad competition which typically takes place in July, and in a different country each year (next year’s IChO competition will take place in Paris, France).