WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire -05/29/12)- As students across the country are leaving academics behind for the summer, fifteen boys and five girls are doing quite the opposite. They are headed for the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to attend a study camp where they will compete for a spot on the U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad Team.
During the camp, the students will receive college-level training, with an emphasis on organic chemistry, through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work, and testing. At the camp's conclusion, four students will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad where they will compete with their peers from more than 70 nations for gold, silver and bronze medals.
For the first time since 1992, the U.S. will host the International Chemistry Olympiad, to be held July 21-30, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the official organizer and The Dow Chemical Company is the official sponsor of the event.
City/State Name High School Arcadia, Calif. Timothy Man Hay Arcadia High School Lee** Cupertino, Calif. Stephen Ting Monta Vista High School San Diego, Calif. Jason Ge* Westview High School San Diego, Calif. Angela Zou Torrey Pines High School Yorba Linda, Calif. Brandon Kao Valencia High School Hamden, Conn. James Deng Choate Rosemary Hall Carmel, Ind. David Liang Carmel High School Boxborough, Mass Ruifan Pei* Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Sidharth Chand Detroit Country Day School St. Louis, Mo. Runpeng Liu Ladue Horton Watkins High School East Brunswick, N.J. Grace Zhang East Brunswick High School Livingston, N.J. Justine Jang Livingston High School Livingston, N.J. Alexander Nie Livingston High School Watchung, N.J. Jessica Xu Watchung Hills Regional High School Christopher New York, N.Y. Hillenbrand Regis High School Scarsdale, N.Y. Andrew Guo* Scarsdale High School Chapel Hill, N.C. Kevin Tie East Chapel Hill High School Broadview Heights, Ohio Cindy Zhao* Brecksville-Broadview High School Solon, Ohio Stephen Tang Solon High School Fairfax, Va. Kalki Seksaria Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
* participated in the 2011 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad study camp
**participated in the 2010 and 2011 National Chemistry Olympiad study camps
"The students who compete in the IChO are the brightest minds in chemistry," said ACS president Bassam Shakhashiri. "These young people are the ones who will make the discoveries that shape our future by curing disease, addressing climate change, feeding our rapidly expanding population and much more."
"At Dow, with more than 100 years of investment in STEM education programs, we know that innovation begins not only in the classroom but also in personal imagination," said Bo Miller, Global Director for Corporate Citizenship for The Dow Chemical Company and President and Executive Director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation. "We are excited to use the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad as an opportunity to engage and inspire bright young scientists from across the globe to pursue careers in chemistry as a means of creating solutions to challenges that affect our planet, our communities and improve the human condition."
The American Chemical Society has sponsored the American team annually since the United States joined the Olympiad. Principal funding is through the ACS Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Olympiad Endowment with additional support from the Air Force Academy; Advanced Chemistry Development; Carolina Biological Supply Company; Flinn Scientific, Inc; Wiley & Sons Publishers; McGraw-Hill Companies; Merck Publishing Group; Prentice Hall Publishers; Texas Instruments, Inc.; University Science Books; and Sigma Aldrich Co.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
Twenty of the nation's top high school chemistry students will compete for the team representing the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad from July 21-30 held just outside Washington, DC. The American Chemical Society hosts the event, Dow is the official sponsor.