TAMPA — Seven high school chemistry students will participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition at The University of Tampa on Monday, April 24, from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. The seven top scorers were selected out of more than 200 students from 20 public and private high schools in Tampa and the surrounding areas who participated in the recent local American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemathon examination.
The USNCO is a multi-tiered competition that tests the students’ knowledge and skills in chemistry. The three-part, 4.5-hour exam consists of a multiple choice section (Part I), a problem solving component (Part II) and a laboratory practical (Part III). The 20 top-scoring students in the country will be selected to attend a study camp where they will try to earn a place on the national team to represent the United States at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, July 6–15, 2017.
Both the ACS Chemathon examination and the USNCO are annual events coordinated by the UT Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and the ACS Tampa Bay local section. They are done in partnership with the Florida Department of Education through the support of the science supervisors of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota County Schools.
For more information, contact Susan Del Valle, UT assistant professor of chemistry, at (813) 257-3208. The media is welcome to attend. The lab portion, which offers the best opportunity for photos, will be held from 1:30–3 p.m. in the Organic Chemistry Lab in the Science Annex.