Alok Sinha '24 was named one of the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 12 outstanding high school chemistry students who will move forward to the second part of the competition. Sinha is supported by his science teacher, Cody Miles.
Sinha is among more than 16,000 nominees nationwide who took a national qualifying ACS Local Sections exam in early April. The 12 nominees from Maryland will compete on April 22 with about 1,600 nominees nationwide for an opportunity to go to Chemistry Camp. Twenty students will be identified to undergo intensive chemistry training in June 4-17, at the US Force Academy Study Camp. The top four students will be chosen to represent U.S. in the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) competition in ETH Zurich, Switzerland, July 16-25.
IChO involves a series of theoretical exams, laboratory exercises, and other activities aimed at identifying the best chemistry students from participating nations from around the world. Approximately 300 students represent more than 79 countries each year.
The American Chemical Society was founded and chartered by Congress in 1876. It is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of chemistry in the public interest, serving about 160,000 members. The Maryland Section is one of 185 local sections across the nation serving more than 2,000 members.