USNCO Local Exam Underway

Beknouse/ March 4, 2019/ Uncategorized

It is that time of the year again to consider asking your students to participate in the 2019 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO), which is sponsored by the Western Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society.  If you have students who are interested in the competition, the local section examination is being conducted through March 30, 2019. As last year,

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MARM 2019 – Seeking Solutions Through Chemistry

Beknouse/ February 25, 2019/ Uncategorized

The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will be held from May 30 to June 1, 2019 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. MARM is being hosted by the Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society. More information can be found at

The Evolving Periodic Table

Beknouse/ February 21, 2019/ Uncategorized

One-hundred and fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev first presented his periodic system to the Russian Chemical Society, forever shaping the way we look at the elements. His system, which organized the elements based on atomic weight, valence, and measurable properties, laid the foundation for today’s Periodic Table. In honor of this, The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the

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Chemistry Is Out Of This World!

Beknouse/ October 9, 2018/ Uncategorized

Humankind has always strived to unlock the celestial secrets of our closest planetary neighbor. We have come a long way since early astronomers gazed through simple telescopes and theorized about massive canals on the Red Planet. Orbital satellites have begun to map its surface in detail and nuclear-powered rovers are working to unlock the chemical and geologic secrets. Celebrate National

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Project SEED 50th Anniversary

Beknouse/ September 3, 2018/ Uncategorized

The ACS Project SEED celebrated it’s 50th anniversary of helping economically disadvantaged high school students by providing summer research opportunities with local institutions. Western Maryland Section Councilor Dr. Peggy Biser serves on the Project SEED committee and was part of the celebration. More information can be found at

CCED 2018 Poetry Contest

Beknouse/ March 12, 2018/ Uncategorized

The Western Maryland Section will be hosting a Chemists Celebrate Earth Day illustrated poetry contest along with the National Society. This year’s theme is “Dive into Marine Chemistry.” The contest is open to any K-12 student. Local Section schools should be receiving a packet in the mail this week and the included materials are attached here if your school or

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2018 USNCO

Beknouse/ February 15, 2018/ Uncategorized

The Western Maryland Section will be participating in the 2018 United States National Chemistry Olympiad. Local Science teachers should have received a packet containing the materials linked below. If you are a teacher and would like to have students participate in the Local Exam, please complete and mail in the registration from below or complete it on-line at Chemistry Olympiad Local

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Chemistry Olympiad Local Exam

Beknouse/ February 15, 2018/ Uncategorized

Are you a High School teacher in western Maryland or the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania or West Virginia? Do you have students that would like to compete in the Chemistry Olympiad? Please complete the form below to register by Feb. 28, 2018.