Chemistry Olympiad

The SVS will be participating in the 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 US-NCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (ICO).

The High School National Chemistry Olympiad Exam will be held this year on

Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 2 pm at Marywood University.

Invitation letters to the SVS local high school chemistry teachers will be sent the end of January. Up to 2 students may be nominated from each high school, and a total of 10 students may take the exam from our section. The ACS website has practice and past exams available to help prepare your students.

Twenty of the top scoring students on the National Exam will be invited to attend a two-week study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Based on their performance, a combination of objective and subjective evaluations, four students will be selected to represent the United States at the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic, July 19-29, 2018. A student from our local section could be selected to be on the U.S. team!

In the past several years, we have had up to 7 students participate, but we would like to have all 10 available spots filled for this year's Olympiad. Please contact Deanne Garver at Marywood University if you are interested in nominating students for this competition. I can be reached at

For more information contact:
Deanne Garver, Ph.D.
Marywood University
Chemistry Olympiad Coordinator
Susquehanna Valley Section, ACS

Our Academic Partners

Bloomsburg University Bucknell University King's College Lycoming College Marywood University Misericordia University Penn State Hazleton Penn State Wilkes-Barre Susquehanna University University of Scranton Wilkes University


The Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society began in 1958 and serves eight counties in PA:

The section provides services for the chemistry professionals, undergraduate chemistry students, and high school students of the area.


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