The award is based on a written test given in March. There are two divisions. The Regular Division exam is given to students who are in their first year of high school chemistry; the Advanced Division to those taking their second high school chemistry course and is the qualifying exam for the National Chemistry Olympiad exam, given on April 27, 2019. Winners in each division will be honored at Recognition Night in late March (date and location TBA).
Each exam has a multiple-choice section and then a “tie-breaking” section that consists of short-answer and essay questions. Rules and requests below.
Teachers are informed by email when results are available. Winners are honored at Awards Night in April.
Details for the 2019 exam
Time: Saturday, March 9, 9:00 to 11:30 am
(alternate time Friday, March 8, 4:00 to 6:30 pm)
Place: University of Missouri–St Louis, Stadler Hall, Room 104
The examination in two parts:
Part I: multiple choice, 110 min, #2 lead pencil required
Part II: tiebreaker, 30 min
Teachers may enter their students by filling and submitting the registration form. Be sure to indicate which exam each student will be taking and which date each student will participate.
High School Chemistry Roll of Honor
Special achievements by our high school chemistry contest winners
|2008||Andrew Liu||Parkway Central High School
Teacher: Ken Greathouse
|Bronze Medal at International Chemistry Olympiad, Budapest, Hungary|
|2012||Runpeng Liu||Ladue High School
Teacher: Carl Tenpas
|Qualified for International Chemistry Olympiad study camp, one of 20 students nationwide|
|2013||Runpeng Liu||Ladue High School
Teacher: Marina Smallwood
|Gold Medal at International Chemistry Olympiad, Moscow, Russia|
Rules and requests
A request: teachers are asked to serve as proctors. Voluteer proctors are also needed for either day or both days of the contest. Proctors’ responsibilities:
- Ensure students are properly seated (alternate rows)
- Distribute exams, answer sheets, scrap paper
- Monitor the students during the exam
- Collect exams
- Proctors should check-in 30 minutes before the start of the exam
- If you are able to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rules governing the High School Chemistry Contest
- Students must be registered by their teachers in the appropriate division: Regular Division for first year students other than advanced placement, Advanced Division for all others
- Students who are not listed on the registration form by their teachers or who are registered for the wrong division will be disqualified.
- Registration forms must be submitted by teachers by the due date, February 8, 2019.
- The only items that may be brought into the examination room are #2 lead pencils, an eraser, and a non-programmable calculator.
- Students are expected to follow the instructions of the proctors and are subject to disqualification for failure to do so.
- During the exam, students may not use any item other than those allowable in the room, communicate in any way with each other, or share pencils, erasers, calculators, or scratch paper.
- Students must complete both parts of the exam, multiple-choice component and tie-breaker.
- Exam materials may not be taken from the room by students or teachers.