2015 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Hampton Roads American Chemical Society Event
The Hampton Roads Local Section of the American Chemical Society, the Department of Chemistry at Norfolk State University (NSU), Norfolk, and Princess Anne High School (PAHS), Virginia Beach, will sponsor the local exams of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) in the Hampton Roads area this year.
The USNCO is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry. Students scoring above 80% on the qualifying exam are invited to the national exam, which involves both written and practical examinations. If more than one student from a school scores above 80%, only the one with the highest score will have their national exam responses scored by officials at the American Chemical Society.
Please announce the Olympiad to your advanced chemistry students and encourage them to participate. Letters confirming information included in this post will be sent to high school chemistry teachers in the region and should arrive before March 1, 2015.
The exam is March 19, 2015, and the registration deadline is March 15, 2015. We would appreciate if you submit information online using the application accessible by clicking HERE. Requested information includes:
- Teacher's name, phone number and email address
- School name and address
- Up to five (5) students' names per submission form, with multiple submissions allowed
- Students and teachers will receive certificates of participation.
- Outstanding performance will be recognized at a special ceremony in May or June.
- A cash prize of $25 will be given to the top three participants, depending on availability of funds.
- The qualifying exam will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm, at Princess Anne High School (PAHS), Room 922 and Ocean Lakes High School.
- Students should plan to be on-site by 2:45 pm.
- The exam takes 110 minutes and consists of 60 multiple choice questions.
- Students will need two pencils with erasers, and non-programmable calculators. If they bring programmable calculators, they will be required to erase all the memory contents.
Second Phase of Exam:
- A score of 80% or above will qualify the student for the second phase, to take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 9 am-3 pm at Norfolk State University.
- Students’ scores will be sent to their teachers.
- Up to two students per school may participate in the second phase.
- Additional second phase information is included below, and confirmation will be sent to those qualifying.
Preparing for Exam:
You may obtain more information about the Chemistry Olympiad and old exams by reaching the American Chemical Society web site: www.acs.org, Click on the top tab “Education”. Select “High School” under “Students” on the right side, then choose “Chemistry Olympiad”.
Second Phase Exam Details:
- Students scoring above 80% on the 3/19/2015 qualifying exam will be invited to the national exam, which involves both written and practical examinations.
- The 9 am-3 pm national exam will take place on April 17, 2015, at Norfolk State University. Students who have been invited for the second phase should be in front of room 117 of the Wood Science Building (WSB) at Norfolk State University by 8:45am on Friday, April 17th.
- It is best if students are dropped off, as parking is limited. Students who would like to park on campus must go to the Police Station, Building 6 on the map, https://www.nsu.edu/finance/parking/campus-map, request a temporary visitor parking permit, and obtain directions for parking locations. This should be completed by 8:30 am to avoid being late for the exam.
- The exam will take place 9 am-3 pm. We will provide lunch. If there are particular dietary needs or requests, please let us know by April 6, 2015
- Students will take written exams in the morning, and a lab practical exam in the afternoon.
- If more than one student from a school scores above 80%, the student with the highest score will be invited to compete in the second phase, and the next highest scoring student will be able to participate, but not compete for a position on the national team.
- The Hampton Roads Section of the American Chemical Society
- NSF Partnership in Research and Education in Photonic Metamaterials
- Norfolk State University, Norfolk
- Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach
Mrs. Clare Ellen Q. Kerr, Chemistry Teacher at PAHS, and Dr. Suely M. Black, Chemistry Professor at Norfolk State University (NSU), coordinate the event. Mrs. M. Beth Anderson, NSU Chemistry Laboratory Specialist, with the assistance of graduate students, coordinates the preparation of the lab practical exam.Note: Please do not hesitate to e-mail Dr. Suely M. Black at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 757-823-8403, if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your participation.