Dear High School Leaders and Chemistry Teachers,
As chair of the Brazosport ACS Local Section, a Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), I am pleased to announce that we will be participating in the 2022 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goal of this program is 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.
My immediate task is to encourage you and your students to participate in this program. It is the responsibility of the Brazosport ACS Local Section to nominate students from this area to take the USNCO national examination. To identify these students, we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students through a Local Section Exam (LSE) that will administered virtually between March 1 – 31, 2022.
The national exam involves three parts and will be administered to more than 1,000 students. Students can use past exams available at www.acs.org/olympiad to prepare.
I encourage your school to participate in this academic competition. All students who participate in the local competition will be recognized and presented with a certificate that they can include in their college portfolio. Students who sit for the national level of the competition receive additional certificate for national nominees and a commemorative lapel pin. An approximately 150 top scoring students receive recognition for outstanding performance at the national level. We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.
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-eight 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 examinations, get to know students from other countries and learn about the host country’s culture 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. The 54th international event will be organized by China, July 10-20, 2022.
Bindu Krishnan, has been appointed the USNCO Coordinator for this area. We encourage you to enter students from your school in this competition by completing the registration at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XP7ND6P before February 15, 2022. Please feel free to reach out to Bindu for any related questions.
Thank you for helping promote chemical education in this country.
Dr. Sukaran Arora,
Chair, Brazosport ACS Local Section
USNCO Coordinator: Dr. Bindu Krishnan,