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Assistant Professor serves as mentor for US National Chemistry Olympiad

September 04, 2014

Ursuline College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Melissa Barranger-Mathys recently served as head mentor for the US National Chemistry Olympiad. This past July, the team won one gold and three silvers. Read more about the event in the article below, originally published in Chemical and Engineering News.

Singapore came out on top during the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad, held July 20–29 in Vietnam, earning the highest-scoring gold medal and the highest overall team score.

With one gold and three silvers, the U.S. put on a solid performance. “I am so proud of them as ambassadors of the U.S. culture,” says head mentor Melissa Barranger-Mathys, assistant professor of chemistry at Ursuline College, in Ohio.

Teams of four high school students from each of 75 countries participated in this year’s competition, which took place in Hanoi. The event tests students on chemistry knowledge and lab skills.

In all, the olympiad organizers awarded 28 gold, 63 silver, and 92 bronze medals. Aside from placing first, the team from Singapore earned two gold medals and two silver medals. Russia earned the most gold medals during the competition—three—and a silver. Host country Vietnam earned two gold medals and two silvers.

“This has been the best experience of my life,” U.S. gold medalist Robert Kao told C&EN after receiving his medal. “It’s made me realize that chemistry is a subject that can connect young scientists from around the world and improve international relations between those young chemists.” Read more...

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