The Hampton Roads Local Section of the American Chemical Society, the Department of Chemistry at Norfolk State University (NSU), Norfolk, Granby High School (GHS), Norfolk, Ocean Lakes High School (OLHS), Virginia Beach 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, and the other high scorers may be offered a seat for the exam that will offer the experience and opportunity, but will not be graded.
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 February 22, 2016.
The exam is March 10, 2016, and the registration deadline is March 7, 2016. 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 10, 2016, at 3:00 pm. Princess Anne High School (PAHS) and Ocean Lakes High School (OLHS) in Virginia Beach, and Granby High School (GHS) in Norfolk will serve as host facilities for the exam. Specific information will follow regarding rooms where testing will occur at each location.
- Students should plan to be on-site at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the exam.
- The exam takes 110 minutes and consists of 60 multiple choice questions.
- Students will need two pencils with erasers, and a non-programmable calculator. 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 at Norfolk State University. Time and date to be determined
- Students’ scores will be sent to their teachers.
- Up to two students per school may participate in the second phase, one with an officially scored result and the other for the experience, but with an unofficial score
- 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 3/10/2016 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 22, 2016, at Norfolk State University. Students who have been invited for the second phase come to Room 117 of the Wood Science Building (WSB) at Norfolk State University by 8:45 am.
- It is suggested that students be dropped off, as parking space 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.
- Since the exam takes place from 9 am to 3 pm, we will provide lunch. If there are particular dietary needs or requests, please let us know as soon as possible.
- 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
- Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach
- Granby High School, Norfolk
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.Please do not hesitate to e-mail or call Dr. Suely M. Black at firstname.lastname@example.org, 757-823-8403, or contact Kathryn Simmons at email@example.com, 757-823-8790, if you have any questions. Thank you very much for your participation.