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Chemistry contest challenges high school students

Oct. 11, 2007
By Eva Simeone

High school seniors from Ohio will convene in Ohio University's Clippinger Laboratories, room 194, on Saturday, Oct. 20, to compete for scholarship and cash prizes during the 25th annual Ohio Chemistry Contest. The annual competition tests students' knowledge of chemistry and encourages them to pursue their studies at Ohio University. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. 

Contestants will complete a one-hour written chemistry test that awards prizes for the first 14 places, and all who place receive certificates and college-level textbooks. The grand prize is $200 and a full tuition scholarship renewable for up to three years, provided the recipient maintains a 3.4 GPA. Other scholarships and cash prizes are rewarded to subsequent places.

"The Chemistry Contest allows us to get good students to come to Ohio University," said James Tong, professor emeritus of chemistry and director of the contest. "The student who wins the scholarship does not have to even major in chemistry; we just want quality students at the university."

To be eligible, students must be in the top 10 percent of their class or be recommended by a chemistry teacher as an outstanding student in science and mathematics. Students' knowledge of chemistry will be tested on a variety of subjects, some of which are electrochemistry, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction reactions and molecular structures. Tie-breaking essay questions may be added if necessary.

The Student Financial Aid Office provides the scholarships and the Department of Chemistry contributes cash prizes and the textbooks. For more information, visit www.ohiou.edu/chemcontest/.

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