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Chemistry Olympiad Summer Study Program

Twenty of the top scoring students from the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) national exam are invited to a two-week study camp held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Image of science olympiadUnder the tutelage of three mentors, the students attend lectures and work in the laboratory. The host International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) country provides a set of preparatory problems and topics considered basic knowledge for the IChO. These are used to guide the curriculum at the study camp. Typically, work at the study camp covers inorganic, organic, physical, analytical, and biochemistry at a second or third-year college level .

The study camp is the penultimate step toward meeting the goals of the US National Chemistry Olympiad program. These goals include stimulating young people to achieve excellence in chemistry and to challenge the chemical knowledge and skills of students.

Students are prepared to compete in an international environment where they experience new cultures and share similarities and differences between themselves and their counterparts in other nations.

This year the IChO will be held in Greece. The four-person traveling team is selected based on tests including laboratory practicals during the two-week camp. The mentors are assisted in instructing the students by faculty and staff from the Department of Chemistry at the Air Force Academy. During the camp the students live in one of the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and spend 8-12 hours per day in class or studying. They enjoy such outings as a trip up Pike’s Peak on the COG railway, pizza and bowling, a hike up Eagle’s Peak on the Academy, and a trip to the Garden of the Gods.

US National Chemistry Olympiad Summer Study Camp Contact Information

USAFA, Department of Chemistry
Telephone: (719) 333-2960
FAX : (719) 333-2947

Postal address:
Department of Chemistry, Ste 2N225
2355 Fairchild Drive
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840-6230

U.S. Air Force Academy, USAFA, CO 80840, (719) 333-1110 DSN: 333-1110, Updated: 27 Nov 14
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