Meetings and Events

High School Chemistry Olympiad

The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society has been offering the Chemistry Contest since 1914, at which time Nordhoff High School was the top scoring school. It became the High School Chemistry Olympiad in 1968 when National ACS began sponsoring it. In 2008, the Section won a National award for 25 years of continuous support of the Chemistry Olympiad. In 2014, we celebrated 100 years of offering the High School Contest. The Southern California Section has the longest running contest in American Chemical Society history.

This year, the Southern California Section will hold the High School Chemistry Olympiad on Wednesday, March 21st and Thursday, March 22nd at over 35 schools in the Los Angeles area. The test is designed to test a student’s knowledge of a wide variety of topics in chemistry. If you know of a school or student that would like to participate, please direct them to our website, to download the letter and participation form. We now offer the option to pay with a credit card online. The top scorers on the local exam are nominated to compete in the National Exam which will take place on April 21st, 2018. The top 20 national winners are invited to attend an all expense paid two-week study camp at the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The top four finalists are then selected to represent the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad which will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic, July 19-29, 2018.

We will recognize the top local students at our Educational Awards Banquet to be held on May 18th, 2018 with monetary awards and certificates. The Banquet will take place at the Mount Saint Mary’s University Doheny campus. For more information, please contact Dr. Jerry Delker at or Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at

Below are our events so far this year. You can also see prior year’s events in the Archives and on the drop down menu. Click on the links to see what we’ve been up to!

  • Archives
  • 2018-01-25: Dinner Meeting at CSULA with John Pollard, University of Arizona
  • 2017-12-06: Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award Dinner Honoring Brian Brady
  • 2017-10-28: High School Chemistry Teacher’s Meeting
  • 2017-09-16: 50/60/70/75 Year Member Luncheon at the Doheny Mansion
  • 2017-08-27: Hike of the LACCD Gold Creek Trail
  • 2017-06-04: Tour of the American Museum of Ceramic Art
  • 2017-05-24: Tolman Award Dinner Honoring Prof. Paul Weiss, UCLA
  • 2017-05-19: Educational Awards Banquet
  • 2017-04-30: UCLA Meteorite Gallery Tour
  • 2017-04-29: Undergraduate Research Conference at UCLA
  • 2017-04-20: CSUDH Earth Day Celebration
  • 2017-03-07: Brewery Tour of Firestone Walker Restaurant and Brewery
  • 2017-02-17: Tour of the Gem and Mineral Hall at the Natural History Museum
  • 2017-01-18: Chemical Rainbows and Liquid Crystal Souls: The Spirit of Alchemy at the Getty Center