The annual Chemistry Olympiad is an international chemistry competition for teams of four young people from around the world. The New Zealand team is selected, trained and coordinated as a collaboration between the universities and high schools.
The 2018 Olympiad will be the 50th and is to be held in July in The Czech Republic and Slovakia; the 2019 Olympiad will be in Paris.
Selection of a training group is made around October/November of the previous year and is based upon performance in a selection test. It will next be held on 16 October 2018. The selection test assumes knowledge of only Year 12 (NCEA Level 2) Chemistry and is great preparation for these exams.
During term one, the training group will undergo a programme which includes reading material, problem assignments and a test in early March. From the test, 30 students are chosen in mid-March for a training camp to be held in the April school break. The International Olympiad takes place in July.
To be eligible, students must be under 20 and not intending to attend University in the year of the International Olympiad. Students must have been attending a New Zealand school for at least two years prior to July of that year. Any student who attended the NZCHO training camp in April, and still meets the other criteria, will get automatic selection to the training group the following year. They will still need to register their interest.
The New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust is a member of the Science Olympianz Association.
To enter the Olympiad, registration need to be received by 19 September 2018.
The teacher in charge must register online including the names of any students who meet the above criteria.
Each student must also register. Students must pay an entry fee of $30 by direct credit into: ANZ account of the New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust: 06-0665-0133836-00 (you MUST include your name in the details).
If you were in the training group previously, you do not need to sit the entry exam again or pay the initial exam fee (the fee for the training group will be halved to $20 as you do not get another training manual). You must still register and also advise us separately by email that you request direct entry to the training group.
Team 2017: Bangkok, Thailand
|Janice Ho||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Bronze|
|Zijun (Allen) Hui||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Silver|
|Milidu Ratnayake||Team||Auckland Grammar School||Bronze|
|Sang (Harry) Yeom||Team||Auckland International College||Bronze|
|Dr Owen Curnow||Head Mentor||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Stephen McCracken||Mentor||Mt Roskill Grammar School|
|Katrina Graaf||Observer||University of Auckland|
Team 2016: Tbilisi, Georgia
|Ellena Black||Team||St Andrew’s College, Christchurch||Bronze|
|Lucas Lee||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Bronze|
|Edward Liu||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Bronze|
|Ben Zhang||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Bronze|
|William Wang||Reserve||King’s College, Auckland|
|Dr Duncan McGillivray||Mentors||University of Auckland|
|Dr Andrew (Buck) Rogers||Mentors||St Peter’s College|
Team 2015: Baku, Azerbaijan
|Hugo Brown||Team||St Paul's Collegiate, Hamilton||Bronze|
|Brianna Nally||Team||James Hargest High School||Bronze|
|Thomas Chang||Team||Auckland Grammar Schoo||Bronze|
|David Kim||Team||Macleans College, Auckland||Bronze|
|Sam Frengley||Reserve||St Peter's School, Cambridge|
|Dr Jan Giffney||Mentors||St Cuthbert's College|
|Dr Sheila Woodgate||Mentors||University of Auckland|
|Dr Allick Lal||Observer||Macleans College|