Chemistry Olympiad

    The International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), one of the International Science Olympiads, is an annual academic competition for high school students. To demonstrate their expertise, participating students take a series of written and laboratory exams at regional, national, and international levels. Ultimately the top ~200 students in the world are identified, ranked, and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medal status. Click here for the results of the international competition held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The 2017 International Chemistry Olympiad will be held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

    Competition levels

    • Regional: (March) All high schools within the Chicago Section may nominate up to four students for the regional Chemistry Olympiad exam. This exam is administered and coordinated by the Chicago ACS.
    • National: (April) The students with the TOP 20 scores on the Regional exam may proceed to he National exam level. The Chicago ACS also administers this exam, which has both written and laboratory components.
    • International Team: (June) The students with the TOP 20 scores in the nation may proceed to a special "boot camp" at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. For one month, these students study intensively for international competition.
    • International Competition: (July) The TOP FOUR students from the boot camp proceed to international competition, where they take exams with four-person teams from countries all around the world. 

    Nomination invitation letter:  2017 local exam invitation will be posted here

    Local exam will take place on Satuday, March 18, 2017 at the locations below.  Registration begins at 8:30 am.

    Nomination form:

    We are delighted to announce that Eric Qian of Stevenson High School and Harrison Wang of Hinsdale Central High School qualified to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad training camp for 2016.  In addition, Harrison was chosen to serve as 2nd alternate for the International team to compete in Tbilisi, Georgia.  Congratulations to these two students and their teachers!


     Loyola University Chicago, 1068 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660, Room 133 in Flanner Hall

    North Central College, White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton, in Centennial Hall (2nd floor), Naperville, IL