Chemistry Olympiad in Georgia (ACS-GLS)

For the most current information, check out the Olympiad Site for the Georgia Local Section hosted at KSU. The information below has been retained for historical purposes...

The Olympiad Competition at a Glance

The olympiad incorporates three different tiers:
  1. The first tier is a local-level which can be administered on site at high schools provided there is an instructor willing to administer it.
  2. The second tier is the national level, where 13 Georgia students come to Kennesaw State University to take the exam.
  3. The third tier is the international level which involves the U.S. study camp and possible selection to the international competition.

How to get started

  1. Any Georgia state teacher interested in participating in the first tier at their high school this year or in the future should contact the current organizer:
  2. Students who are interested in taking their first-tier exam at their local high school should inform their chemistry teacher of their interest.

Historical Information about Chemistry Olympiad in the Georgia Local Section

The information below has been retained for historical purposes...

Past and Current Olympiads:
  • The 47th IChO will be held in Thailand in 2015.
  • The 46th IChO will be held in Vietnam in 2014.
  • The 45th IChO will be held in Singapore in 2013.
  • 2012 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the 44th IChO held in Washington, D.C., United States in 2012.
  • 2011 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Ankara, Turkey.
  • 2010 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2009 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Cambridge, England.
  • 2008 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2007 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Moscow, Russia.
  • 2006 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU), with the international competition held in Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea.
  • 2005 ACSGLS Olympiad Site (KSU),
  • Prior to 2004, some information on the Olympiad by the GLS can be found below.
  • 2001 Olympiad Info, (2001 Registration Form: MS Word or HTML Formats)
  • 2000 Olympiad Results
  • 1999 Olympiad Results (One of whom was a 1999 National Finalist!)
  • 1998 Chemistry Olympiad Pictures

Brief History of Chemistry Olympiad in ACS-GLS

The Chemistry Olympiad is an event sponsored by the National ACS to promote chemistry at the high school level and also to help identify and choose the four member USA team for participation in the International High School Chemistry Olympiad.

The Olympiad was first administered by the Georgia Section in 1989 by Beatriz Cardelino (Section Chair at the time). Jeanette Adams (Emory University) re-instituted the event in 1992, and Theresa Chamblee (The Coca-Cola Company) became coordinator in 1993-1997. 

The Olympiad begins with a two hour test given at the individual high schools. Over 380 students from 24 schools in Georgia participated in 1997. The top scoring 11 students are then eligible to compete in the National test which consists of a half day of testing: multiple choice, long answer problems and a one hour laboratory practical examination. 

The laboratory practical portion of the test was first instituted by the national ACS in 1994. Cindy and Hank Brittain (then of Kennesaw College) administered the first laboratory practical examination in Georgia with the help of Alan Gabrielli. The laboratory practical portion of the Olympiad then moved to Southern Polytechnic University (Southern Tech in Marietta, GA) with Alan in 1995 and is still held there. 

Brian Seifried, who participated in our Section's Chemistry Olympiad at Kennesaw State University, was selected for the 2009 Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp. Once there, he was selected for the 2009 U.S. Chemistry Olympiad team, and earned a silver medal at the 41st International Chemistry Olympiad competition in Cambridge, England. He started his undergraduate career at Georgia Tech in 2009. His chemistry teacher is Pamela Gilbert-Smith at Chamblee High School.

Volunteers wishing to help in any phase of this event either this year or in the future are welcome.


Present and Past Organizers

For more information about the Chemistry Olympiad, or to volunteer, please contact the current organizers.
 
 

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