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NMSU hosts 2012 Chemistry Olympiad

The chemistry and biochemistry department at New Mexico State University is inviting New Mexico and West Texas high school chemistry students and their teachers to the 2012 New Mexico State University Chemistry Olympiad Competition. The competition, sponsored in cooperation with the Rio Grande Section of the American Chemical Society, tests students' knowledge and skills and serves as a prelude to the national and international competitions.


Registration is currently underway for schools within the New Mexico and West Texas regions for the competition that will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"The competition includes a variety of written, laboratory practical and computer-based events as well as a complementary lunch, demonstrations and an awards program," said David Smith, an associate professor in the chemistry department at NMSU who is also a local coordinator for the 2012 United States National Chemistry Olympiad.

The Olympiad teams will be finalized March 17 with team rosters posted March 28. To register for the competition and view a schedule of events visit http://web.nmsu.edu/~davsmith/.

Top students selected for the written portion of the competition who also meet eligibility requirements will be nominated to participate in the 2012 United States National Chemistry Olympiad, which will be held Saturday, April 21, at NMSU. Top winners from the national competition will be selected to participate in the International Chemistry Olympiad held July 21-30 in Washington, D.C.

Lunch will be provided and all students will be presented with a certificate.

Students may be recognized for outstanding performances as individuals or in team events. The top performing teams overall will earn cash prizes for their schools.

"We hope this recognition will serve to stimulate interest in chemistry and to promote a positive attitude toward science," Smith said.

For more information contact Smith at 575-646-5210, davsmith@nmsu.edu.