Chemistry Olympiad

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 2021 Georgia Chemistry Olympiad competition is now open and will be available until 5 pm on Friday, January 15 2021Please use this link to register your interest. 

Student Eligibility

  • 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 (

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

2020 Chemistry Olympiad

The results are in! More than 100 students were able to participate in the Georgia Chemistry Olympiad competition before the shelter-in-place began. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, USNCO was able to continue the national exam by administering it electronically. Congratulations to the 13 students from the Georgia local section who qualified to take the 2020 USNCO National Chemistry Olympiad exam and to their high school chemistry teachers. Five students from our section scored within the top 150 students nationally, and Ridings Bald earned one of the top twenty national scores for the second year in a row. Special thanks to Glen Meades for helping to proctor the local and national exams!
National Honors: Top ~150 Nationally
Georgia Finalist: Top 13 in Georgia

Ridings Bald
Study Camp Participant
Taught by Tina Davis at The Westminster Schools

Not Pictured:
Kevin Li, Georgia Finalist, Taught by Patty McClain at Norcross High School
Yuanming Luo, Georgia Finalist, Taught by Amanda Edwards at Walton High School
Daniel Shen, Georgia Finalist, Taught by Amanda Colavito at South Forsyth High School

2019 Chemistry Olympiad Results