Chemistry Olympiad

Due to the COVID-19 precautionary measures taken by Bucknell University which hosts the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam and the uncertainty surrounding high school activities, the Susquehanna Valley Section is cancelling this year's exam.

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).

Interested high-school teachers should contact Patrick Martino, for more information.

The national exam is competition of endurance that features a 3-part exam (Multiple choice, short answer, and a lab component). 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 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Istanbul, Turkey, July 6-15, 2020. A student from our local section could be selected to be on the U.S. team!

For more information contact:
Patrick Martino
Bucknell 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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