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 2019 international competition held inParis, France. The 2020 International Chemistry Olympiad will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Competition levels

    • Regional: (March) All high schools within the Chicago Section may nominate up to eight students for the regional Chemistry Olympiad exam. This exam is administered and coordinated by the Chicago ACS.

    • National: (April) The students with the TOP 19 scores on the Regional exam may proceed to he National exam level with no more than two from any one school. 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:  2020 local exam invitation is now available here.

    Nomination form:  Go here to enter student information; submit your nominations by March 1.

    Locations (all on March 14):  

    Loyola University Chicago, 1068 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL, Flanner Hall auditorium (room 133)

    North Central College, Wentz Science Center, 30 N. Brainard St, Naperville, IL, room 101

    Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Ave, Libertyville, IL, in the library

    Munster High School, 8088 Columbia Ave, Munster, IN (awaiting confirmation)

    We are delighted to announce that Allen Ding of Stevenson High School qualified to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad training camp for 2019. Congratulations to Allen and his teachers!