Every spring, high school students in the Georgia Local Section participate in the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition. The program is intended to encourage American youth to achieve excellence in chemistry and is a multi-tiered process with competitions at the local, national and international level. More information is available at the USNCO website.
Online registration for the 2020 Georgia Chemistry Olympiad program is now available! Eligible students must register themselves using the online form by 5:00 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2020.
The local exam will be administered at Georgia Gwinnett College and Kennesaw State University on Saturday March 7, 2020. Thirteen finalists will take the national exam at Kennesaw State University on Saturday April 25, 2020.
- Students must be U.S. citizens or legal, permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to take the U.S. national examination.
- High school students who will graduate no earlier than Spring of the year that they participate in the competition are eligible.
- Students must be under the 20 years of age on the first of July of the year of the competition.
Questions or comments about this program may be sent to our coordinator, Dr. Heather Abbott-Lyon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Local level: A sixty-question multiple choice exam is used to identify the top thirteen students (no more than two per high school). This exam will be administered at Georgia Gwinnett College or Kennesaw State University.
- National level: Based on the local exam results, thirteen students are identified to take the national exam at Kennesaw State University. This national exam has three parts: a sixty-question multiple choice exam, an eight-question free response exam, and a laboratory practical exam.
- International level: Twenty students are selected based on their national exam scores to spend two weeks at a study camp demonstrating their ability. Four students are then chosen to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO).
2019 Chemistry Olympiad
The results are in! Congratulations to the 13 students from the Georgia local section who qualified to take the 2019 USNCO National Chemistry Olympiad exam and to their high school chemistry teachers.
|Ridings Bald||The Westminster Schools||Peter Chen|
|Jonathan Fang||The Westminster Schools||Peter Chen|
|Eyosias Gebremeskel||Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology||Patricia Caldwell|
|Kevin Li||Norcross High School||Alix McHardy|
|Arvind Saligrama||Walton High School||Amanda Edwards|
|Neel Sarkar||Alpharetta High School||Sonha Payne|
|Terry Ma||Lambert High School||Nicole Mcallister|
|Kunal Vohra||Alpharetta High School||Sonha Payne|
|Morris Wan||Wheeler High School||John Cody|
|Patrick Wang||Northview High School||Rebecca Bingham|
|Jun Ho Yoon||Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology||Patricia Caldwell|
|Chelsea Yuan||Northview High School||Rebecca Bingham|
|Kevin Yang||Chattahoochee High School||Jessica Ames|
Ridings Bald of The Westminster Schools was one of the top 20 students in the country this year and will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Summer Study Camp in Colorado from June 2nd to June 13th. Additionally, Morris Wan of Wheeler High School earned High Honors (top 50 nationally), while Jonathan Wang of The Westminster Schools and Kevin Li of Norcross High School earned Honors (top 154 nationally). Congratulations to all the finalists for their achievements!
Left: Twelve of the Georgia Chemistry Olympiad National Finalists are pictured from left to right. (front row) Morris Wan, Kunal Vohra, Patrick Wang, Jonathan Fang; (middle row) Eyosias Gebremeskel, Neel Sarkar, Jun Ho, Youn, Chelsea Yuan; and (back row) Terry Ma, Kevin Li, Kevin Yang, Arvind Saligrama. Not pictured: Ridings Bald.
Right: Ridings Bald finished as one of the top 20 students in the nation and will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp this June.