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.

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.

Student High School Teacher
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.


Registration for 2019 is now closed.

Registration opens online in early December each year. Please check with your high school chemistry teacher first to see if your school is participating. Students who are home schooled or whose high school is not participating are welcome to register as individuals. 

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 (habbott@kennesaw.edu).

  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 can be administered on site at high schools or students can take the exam at 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).

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