2014 USNCO Competition
Please announce the Olympiad to your advanced chemistry students and encourage them to participate. You may enter five students from your school by the registration deadline of March 15, 2014.
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(1) Teacher’s name, phone number and e-mail address
(2) School name and address
(3) Up to five students’ names
- 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 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm, at Princess Anne High School (PAHS), room 922 and Ocean Lakes High School.
- The students should plan to be at site by 2:45pm.
- 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 25, 2014 at 9am-3pm at Norfolk State University.
- Students’ scores will be sent to their teachers.
- More information about the second phase will be given to those qualifying.
- Up to two students per school may participate in the second phase.
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”.
Directions for second phase of exam:
- Students scoring above 80% on the 3/27/2014 qualifying exam will be invited to the national exam, which involves both written and practical examinations.
- The 9am-3pm national exam will take place on April 25, 2014, at Norfolk State University.
- Students who have been invited for the second phase should be in front of room 117 of Science Building (WSB) at Norfolk State University by 8:45am on Friday, April 25. Take the Ballentine Blvd exit of I-264, and make a left on Middle Towne Crescent. Use gate 8, and go to building 32 on the map, https://www.nsu.edu/finance/parking/campus-map.
- It is best if students are dropped off, as parking is limited. Students who would like to park on campus need to go to the Police Station, building 6 on http://www.nsu.edu/parking/campus-map/, and request a parking permit, and obtain directions for parking. Please do so by 8:30am to avoid being late for the exam.
- The exam will take place 9am-3pm. We will provide lunch from Panera Bread. Please select your sandwich from this list : http://www.panerabread.com/menu/cafe/sandwiches.php, and let us know when you get in.
- You will take written exams in the morning, and do a lab practical 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 in the national team.
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%, the student with the highest score will be invited to compete in the second phase, and the next highest score student will be able to participate, but not compete for a position in 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. S 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.