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ACS sponsors Chemistry Olympiad

posted Apr 24, 2017, 6:22 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 6:25 AM ]
For the 32nd consecutive year, the Northern Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsored the local Chemistry Olympiad effort. The USA first entered the competition in 1984 with Bartlesville fielding competitors for the first time in Spring 1985 under what was then the Northeastern Oklahoma Section of the ACS.

Lead tutors:
P.K. Das - 15 years
Mazi Sardashti – 11 years
Keith Lawson – 5 years

Each year in early January through March, about 15-20 students in AP Chemistry and Honors Chemistry I participate in weekly tutoring sessions at Bartlesville High School. In late March, interested students take the Local Exam. The top two finishers on the local exam continue with two or three more weeks of tutoring and then complete the National Exam.

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad National Exam is a 3-part, 4.75 hour exam administered in mid or late April by local sections of the ACS. More than 1000 students participate in this exam each year. The national exam includes multiple choice and written questions and two laboratory practicals of problem solving in the chemistry laboratory.

The two students competing this year for a spot on the USA National Team are James Martinez and Pranoy Behera.
Chem Olympiad students
These students had fun with science preparing for the Chemistry Olympiad

Chemistry Olympiad
Keith Lawson, lead local tutor for the national exam, with students Pranoy Behera and James Martinez and Moniraj Ghosh, the chair of the Northern Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society