I have submitted the request to participate in the 2015 Chemistry Olympiad examinations. The Important dates are listed below. All schools within the Virginia Section are welcome. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Ann Sullivan, Chair
| December |
Announcement to Local Public and Private High Schools
in the Virginia Local Section inviting teachers and student
to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad. For a list of
the counties and cities of Virginia that constitute our
coverage area, click here.
| February 23|
Deadline for registration of High School with the Local
| March 2 - 27|
High Schools who are participating administer the first year
and second year Local Examination.
|March 30|| |
Deadline for receipt of Second year Local Examination. The
Second year examination will be used to determine invitation
to the National Examination.
| March 30 - April 10|| |
Notification of Student eligibility for the National Examination.
The rules allow for no more than 2 student be nominated from a
given High School. The Virginia Local Section has 10 - 12
eligible slots for participation in the National Examination.
| April 18|| |
National Examination will be given in the Virginia Local Section
at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
| April 22|| |
Absolute deadline for receipt of the national examination
materials to the USNCO office.
| April 27|| |
USNCO office begins contacting the 20 students chosen to
attend the study camp.
|June 2 - 17 || |
The Twenty students attend the Study Camp at the US
Air Force Academy in Colorado
| July 20 - 28|
The students representing the United States attend the
International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan
Awards Ceremony for School and Team award winners.
Any student interested in participating who is nominated by their teacher. The local examination is separated into two levels.
Home schooled students are welcome to participate if you can arrange a secure location to provide proctoring for the local exam. I will provide one day in late March in Richmond for this purpose.
- The first year exam is for students who are doing well in their first year of chemistry. The exam is an excellent preparation for the SOL Chemistry exam.
- The second year exam is for students taking a second year of chemistry, AP or IB chemistry or are taking a college credit course. This exam is an excellent preparation for an advanced placement exam. These students will be eligible to be nominated to take the National Examination.
- A teacher can nominate one student or their entire class. A teacher may also nominate students who have taken chemistry previously and are still attending the school but are not presently in a chemistry class.
Teachers may request to give the examination within their school by providing a secure location in which a counselor or administrator will proctor the exam to their students. The Deadline for registration is 23 February 2015. or 2 weeks prior to the test date. The test must be completed on a single day within a school between March 2 - 27. The first year and second year tests may be given on different days within the school during this time period.
- Neither the students’ chemistry teacher nor anyone directly involved in the instruction of chemistry should be involved in the administration of this examination.
- The test administrator in each school will be responsible for test security, proctoring the test, and returning the completed answer sheets. A single copy of the exam will be mailed along with answer sheets and the testing directions to the test administrator at least 24 hours in advance of the school’s selected date for giving the examination.
- All tests and materials are sent to the administrator of the exam in the school, not to the teacher. It is asked that the test administrator make enough copies of the examination to be given to each student registered in the competition. If the number of students registered changes (either increases or decreases), the administrator should make a note of the students who participated on the day of the exam.
- Within 24 hours following the examination, the Administrator must return ONLY the answer sheets. The administrator is to secure the test booklets until after April 1 when the examination may be released to the teachers and students.
- The students should be given 90 to 120 minutes to complete the local examination.
- They are allowed to use only the materials provided with the exam and a calculator. The directions from the ACS Olympiad committee requires that only non programmable calculators be used.
- Complete the online or paper registration form.
- Teachers should fill out the online registration form (click) Once the fillable PDF is complete, save the file and email a copy to me. I will email you back with verification that I have received your registration form
- The paper form can be mailed or faxed to the Chemistry Olympiad chair.
- The teacher needs to email or submit a list of students who will participate in the local examination at least one week before their examination is given. Email this list to Ann Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the First year examination, only the student's name and teacher is required.
- For the Second year examination, the student's name, teacher and the student's home phone number and email address is essential. If the students is nominated for the National examination, the student's chemistry teacher will be the first contact but the student may also need to be contacted if the teacher is not available..
Phone at (804) 943-2591 or (804) 523-5777
FAX: (804) 523-5483
1777 Spain Drive
South Prince George, VA 23805-8354
We will begin testing promptly at 9 a.m. in room 605 of the Downtown Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. The directions for the test and to the campus are available on the Virginia Chemistry Olympiad website at http://www.reynolds.edu/_locations/downtown.htm The address for the Downtown campus is 700 E. Jackson Street, Richmond, 23219 at the corner of 7th Street and E. Jackson Street. Some street Parking is available and with validation there is parking in the JSRCC parking deck with access off of 8th Street. Pull a ticket to access the parking deck. Do not park in the VCU parking deck.
The national exam contains three parts. You can view past exams by going to the national Olympiad site at http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/highschool/olympiad/pastexams.html
There are three documents that you can download
The directions for the test and to the college
the student participation form that requires information about the school including address and contact information, that the teacher may wish to help the student fill out before coming to the test. The year's original form must be completed and signed once the student arrives at the college.
The student should bring a pencil and a non - programmable calculator, such as a TI 30. I will have a few available if the student is unable to locate one for their use.
I will have snacks and drinks available throughout the day and a pizza lunch will be provided. The first test will be Part II of the exam, then we will proceed to Part III, the laboratory practical before lunch. Safety glasses, gloves and other safety equipment will be provided for the students use. After lunch, we will conclude the testing with Part I.
The testing will conclude around 2:30 p.m.
Schools will be classified into two categories:
- Small Public, Private or Governor's Schools with under 500 total enrollment
- Large Public, Private or Governor's Schools with over 500 total enrollment
Recognitions organized by the above categories.
- Each student who participates will receive a certificate of participation.
- The highest scoring student from each school will receive a Chemistry Olympiad pin.
- The three highest scoring students in each category: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each test, will receive a chemistry Olympiad pin and a gift certificate.
- Within each category, the school with the highest total of the top three student's score for each test, will receive a plaque and a certificate of award. This is called the team award. This award will be given to the Teacher at the Virginia Section's Award Ceremony usually held in December.
- The students who are nominated by the local section to take the National examination will represent all categories and will receive a chemistry Olympiad pin and a gift certificate.