Apply Now: U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Mentor Needed

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS)

The USNCO seeks a Chemistry Olympiad Mentor.  Some of the duties and responsibilities associated with this position are:

  • helping to conduct a two-week study camp for the nation’s brightest twenty chemistry high school students at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado for the following years: 2018, 2019 and 2020,
  • developing practice problems, theoretical and practical tests for the study camp,
  • preparing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) competition,
  • accompanying the U.S. team at the IChO in July of 2019 and 2020.

Most students at the study camp have completed Advanced Placement Chemistry or the equivalent; therefore instruction at the camp is well beyond the level of high school general chemistry courses. The curriculum also includes considerable laboratory work.

Successful applicants are expected to have background in one or more of the areas of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, or biochemistry with classroom experience, and should demonstrate involvement with students in special projects or activities.  Applicants must be prepared to make a three-year term commitment.  ACS pays an honorarium and most expenses associated with the study camp and the IChO.

Interested individuals may obtain an application and additional information at or contact: Margaret Thatcher, Program Administrator, at [email protected] or 202-872-6328.

The deadline to submit an application is December 2, 2016.

Applicants must arrange to send three letters of recommendation directly to Cecilia Hernandez, Assistant Director Endowed Programs, Education Division, at [email protected] by December 7, 2016.