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Ursuline College Chemistry Faculty Member Chosen for National Chemistry Olympiad Team

Dr. Barranger Mathys, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, was chosen to be the college mentor for the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) team. Each spring over 10,000 students across the United Sates take an advanced chemistry exam. Those who scored in the top 1,000, sit for the national competition. The top 20 from the national completion are invited to study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy where four students are chosen for the International Chemistry Olympiad team. 

In July of each year, the International Chemistry Olympiad team competes with 71 other countries for the gold in chemistry. In the past, the international competitions have been held in Turkey, Japan, England, Hungary, Russia and Taiwan. The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (2012) will be held in Washington, D.C. She will serve for three years as a mentor for the USNCO team.

On September 20, 2011, Dow Chemical announced a $2.5 million pledge to sponsor the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) competition.  “As President of the 44th IChO, I am immensely thankful to Dow for this wonderful support, and I know that the teams coming from around the world will be equally thankful,” said Dr. Ahmed Zewail. “The IChO is uniquely positioned for celebrating the beauty and cornucopia of chemistry with the world’s best young minds. By intellectually bonding with fellow students from all over the world, they form networks for the future.” Dr. Zewail, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in chemistry, is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.  Read the press release here.