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20 finalists for 2014 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp Named

U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program is proud to announce the 20 finalists who will attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp, June 2-17, 2015, at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado. The students will compete for a spot on the team representing the United States at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20-29, 2015.


The 20 finalists: sixteen boys and four girls, representing sixteen ACS local sections and fourteen states are:

  1. Alexander Alabugin, Lawton Chiles High School, FL, Florida Local Section
  2. Soorajnath Boominathan*, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, OK, Oklahoma Local Section
  3. Bryce Cai*, Barrington High School, IL, Chicago Local Section
  4. Steven Cheng*, Troy High School, MI, Detroit Local Section
  5. Ethan Curtis, Brighton High School, MI, Detroit Local Section
  6. Miles Dai, Carmel High School, IN, Indiana Local Section
  7. Rueih-Sheng Fu*, Arcadia High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  8. Jung Ho Gong, Alabama School of Math and Science, AL, Mobile Local Section
  9. Alvin Hsu, Mission San Jose High School, CA, California Local Section
  10. Chiho Im, Choate Rosemary Hall, CT, New Haven Local Section
  11. Shretij Kapoor, Eastview High School, MN, Minnesota Local Section
  12. Priscilla Liow, Liow Homeschool, MO, University of Missouri Local Section
  13. Janice Ong*, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, VA, Chemical Society of Washington Local Section
  14. Mideum Park, West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South, NJ, Princeton Local Section
  15. Kevin Tang, Solon High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section
  16. Anushka Walia, Irvington High School, CA, California Local Section
  17. David Wang*, Monta Vista High School, CA, Santa Clara Valley Local Section
  18. Richard Wang*, North Hollywood High School, CA, Southern California Local Section
  19. Yue Zhang*, DuPont Manual High School, KY, Louisville Local Section
  20. Megan Zhao*, Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, OH, Cleveland Local Section


* Students who participated in 2014 USNCO Study Camp


At the Study Camp the students will be mentored by faculty of the Department of Chemistry of the USAFA and the following mentors:

Dr. Kelli Slunt, University of Mary Washington, VA, Head Mentor

Dr. Michael Danahy, Bowdoin College, ME, College Mentor

Dr. Patrick Chan, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, NY, High School Mentor

Mr. Jacob Sanders, Harvard University, MA, Peer Mentor

The deadline to apply for a Local Section Science Café Mini-Grant is May 31, 2015. Funds of up to $400 are available to assist Local Sections in hosting a Science Café in their community.

The LSAC Science Cafe Mini-Grant Application must be submitted by the Local Section Chair.

Learn more about Science Cafés and apply online.


Note: if your Section was awarded this mini-grant in 2014, your section must submit a summary report if it wishes to be considered for this grant period.


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