Meetings and Events

High School Chemistry Olympiad

Due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the situation with the High School Olympiad is still evolving. We are hoping to have local section testing finished by April 9th to continue with the National testing on April 25th, however, school closures may be extended. We will provide information to participants as we receive it. Here is the statement we received from National ACS on March 16, 2020:

Statement regarding the administration of USNCO in the COVID-19 pandemic

USNCO Coordinators,

Thank you for your continued dedication to the USNCO in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our governing subcommittee met and decided on the following actions to give us more time to run the full USNCO this year.

The following changes will only be effective this year due to the current extraordinary circumstances.

-> We are extending the Local Section Exam testing window
We are asking all Local Sections to try to select students for the national exam. Whether this is by hosting an exam or selecting based on teacher nominations is up to your Local Section’s discretion.
-> We are pushing back the National Exam testing window by one week (maintaining it at 9 days)
This is in order to further extend the Local Section Exam testing window and provide time for the situation to settle down
-> We are removing the laboratory portion of the National Exam.
Please destroy your Part III examiner’s instructions
We understand that finding a lab when many universities are closing for the remainder of the semester would be difficult/impossible for many Local Sections, but hope that finding a room is easier.
-> We will revisit decisions on the USNCO Study Camp and IChO participation as we get closer to those events.

The new timeline for the 2020 USNCO is as follows:

April 16: Local Section selections must be complete, names of students taking the National Exam must be sent to

April 25 – May 3: National Exam Parts I and II must be administered

At this point the subcommittee will meet to evaluate the safety of hosting Study Camp and participating in IChO 2020.

As always, make decisions based on local guidelines and your unique situation. If for any reason you cannot accommodate the new timeline, please let us know.

The schedule may change as circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic may warrant. We will keep you informed. Please contact if you have any questions.

Good luck and stay safe,

Joshua Pak
Chair, USNCO Subcommittee

Lily Raines
Manager, USNCO


As of March 12th, the Undergraduate Research Conference has been cancelled.

The Southern California
Undergraduate Research Conference
April 4, 2020
Occidental College

Occidental College is excited to host this year’s ACS Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Jean-Pierre Fleurial from the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), will be giving a seminar on thermoelectric materials.

The conference will take place on Saturday April 4, 2020. Abstracts are due by March 6. The deadline to register is March 24, 2020.

For more information and to register, follow this link.


The Expanding Your Horizons Conference scheduled for April 25th has been cancelled.