Students tested their chemistry knowledge in three individual exams, a team round, and a fast-paced relay round. Top-scorers in each round and overall received awards at the award ceremony at the end of the day.Carmel High School (Carmel, IN) and Park Tudor School (Indianapolis, IN) placed at the top of the competition, shining in all three rounds; students from the Mosaic team (IN), John Burroughs High School (St. Louis, MO), Clayton High School (Clayton, MO), Zionsville Community High School (Zionsville, IN), and St. Louis University High School (St. Louis, MO) all placed in the top 10 for at least one individual exam; Libertyville High School (Libertyville, IL) and Parkway Central High School (Chesterfield, MO) placed in the relay round; John Burroughs High School, Clayton High School, and Kirkwood High School (Kirkwood, MO) placed in the team round.
The overall winners (a calculated evaluation across all five events) placed Carmel High School Team 1 in first place, Park Tudor School in second place, Carmel High School Team 2 in third place, Clayton High School in fourth place, and Libertyville High School Team 2 in fifth place.Outside the competition, students explored the Washington University campus, socialized with their peers, and engaged in a student-teacher panel featuring Dr. Megan Daschbach (Chemistry), Dr. Kater Murch (Physics), Dr. Mitchell Kundel (Biology), and Dean Joy Kiefer (College of Arts & Sciences). Sponsors for this year’s competition included PLZ Aeroscience, the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society, Elysium Health Inc., the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, and the Wash U Chemistry Department.
The tournament was organized by a group of 26 undergraduate students working in committees throughout the school year. Abhishek Sethi and Harshath Gupta were the co-directors. On competition day, there were approximately 100 volunteers that proctored exam rooms, set up breakfast and lunch, graded exams, guided teams, and helped out in any way they could.
WUCT aims to create an atmosphere that emphasizes modern-day issues in science and focuses on fundamental problem-solving and teamwork skills that are crucial for success in the professional world. Future exam topics will include biological and industrial applications of chemistry. More information about the competition and updates about next year’s competition may be found on the official website: wuct.wustl.edu. Any questions regarding the tournament may be directed to WUCT co-founders/directors Harshath Gupta and Abhishek Sethi at WUCT@su.wustl.edu.
Guest authors: Harshath Gupta and Abhishek Sethi
Harshath is from Davie, FL, and studies chemistry and astrophysics at Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2018. He is aspiring to become an oncologist and science communicator. Abhishek is from Naperville, IL, and studies chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, class of 2018. He is excited to delve into academic medicine as a career, teaching and specializing in surgery.
We created WUCT in an effort to expose students interested to the types of problem-solving and collaborative skills crucial in careers in STEM. We aim to increase the number of opportunities for students interested in chemistry to apply their skills from the classroom to a new, challenging environment.