South Carolina Section

US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO)

The South Carolina Section participates each year in the  U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition. Each year, nationally, over 10,000 high school students enter local competitions with the desire to win a place on the International Chemistry Olympiad team. This is a great opportunity to test your skills and knowledge in Chemistry. The latest program schedule for the next competition can be found at U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad.

Each year local students participate in the exam (written and lab activities) administered by the Chemistry Olympiad Committee of the South Carolina Alabama Section.   Scott Goode  is the chair of the South Carolina Local Section Chemistry Olympiad Committee and can be contacted about the schedule for the local competition.

Registration deadline:     March 17, 2017

The South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society will offer a local section exam to qualify for the 2016 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) on Saturday March 24, 2017, in Columbia, Charleston, and Florence. and on Saturday March 12 in Florence.

The identification of the four-member U.S. team begins at the local school system level. In order to identify qualified students we have decided to conduct a preliminary screening of students by participating in a section-sponsored examination.  All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a certificate; some students receive recognition for outstanding performance in certain categories. We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward chemistry.

We encourage teachers and parents of home-schooled children to enter students in this competition by completing and returning the registration form prior to March 17, 2017.

Information for teachers, parents, and students

Registration form for teachers and parents: pdf    docx


American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Olympiad Home Page - Includes information and past exams

The 29 counties in the South Carolina Section.  Not all counties in the state are located within the South Carolina ACS Section. 





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