|Posted by Senthil Natesan on January 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM|
I am pleased to announce that the Green Mountain Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be participating in the 2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools.
Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). For the past thirty years, the United States has sent a team of four students to compete with nations around the world at the IChO. The students participate in both theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the best performers, and the IChO provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers from other countries. This year the international event will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-28, 2015.
My immediate task is to encourage you and your students to participate in this program. The identification of the four-member U.S. team begins at the local school system level. It is the responsibility of the Green Mountain Local Section (GMLS) to nominate ten students from the state of Vermont to take the USNCO national examination. In order to identify these students, we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students through a written examination, consisting of multiple choice questions, administered by a teacher or sponsor at your school in mid March.
I encourage your school to participate in this academic Olympiad. All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a certificate. Ten students will be selected to take the USNCO national exam in late April, and they and their teacher/sponsor will receive special recognition from the Green Mountain Local Section along with a $25 cash prize for the students and $50 in ACS store credit for the sponsors. We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.
We encourage you to enter students from your school in this competition. Details on how to enter can be found here. The registration deadline is January 23, 2015. Thank you for helping promote chemical education in Vermont.
Heather D. Bean
2015 USNCO coordinator