November 2023

The Virginia Section will host the Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) exam again in 2024! Please see our website for details. The registration deadline for students has been extended to January 19, 2024.  **NEW FOR 2024: All students must register with the ACS .  Click here to register: 2024 USNCO Student Registration ( Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dr. Sarah Porter, Chair

Important Dates for 2024

The deadline for registration to take the local exam is  January 19, 2024

Participating students and their teachers will be notified before the exam.

The Local exam will be administered in person (on paper) March 18-22, 2024. Teachers may choose a time during that week.

Select students participating in the Virginia Local Section’s Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition will be nominated to advance to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam. The 20 top-scoring students are chosen to attend a study camp. All students who participate will be recognized with a certificate, and the top scoring students and schools will earn additional recognitions.

Who Should Take the Local Section Chemistry Olympiad Exam?

Any student interested in participating who is nominated by their teacher.

  • A teacher can nominate one student or their entire class. A teacher may nominate any student in the school who they feel are prepared to take either exam regardless of whether the student has taken chemistry.
  • Home schooled students are welcome to participate – the teacher nomination may come from the homeschool parent.

Past Reports and Tests

Explore the USNCO website to find webinars about how to prepare for the exam, past exams for practice, reports on past winners at the National level, rules of competition, and much more!