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This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and the Shelter in Place directives.  We will not be re-scheduling for 2020.


Welcome to the 2020 ACS High School Chemistry Contest sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST), and the Chemistry Club at Illinois State University, with additional support from the Illinois Heartland Section of the American Chemical Society.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at Illinois State University in the State Farm Hall of Business on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.  

Please note:

  • The deadline to register is Friday, April 10, 2020.
  • This year’s test is NOT in the ISU Bone Student Center. This year’s location is in the State Farm Hall of Business.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top few students in each contest and Awards Ceremony will be held the day of the event.
  • Lunch will be provided
  • More details for the day’s events will be distributed after registration.


  • You may bring no more than five students per chemistry class offered at your school.  For example, if your school has 5 sections of first year chemistry, then up to 25 students would be eligible to participate in the Contest.  The method used to select participants is at your discretion, but we ask that you invite only those students who are highly motivated to do well on the exam.
  • If you are not currently teaching Chemistry, please pass this invitation on to the current Chemistry teacher(s) at your school.  Also, please check with your colleagues to ensure that all chemistry teachers at your school are aware of this event.
  • The First Year Contest is open to students presently enrolled in a first-year chemistry course or to students who have completed the first-year course but have not enrolled in a second-year course.
  • The advanced (second Year) Chemistry Contest will run concurrently with the first-year examination.  This contest is open to students who have completed a second-year course.
  • Each examination will consist of approximately 45 questions and will be predominately multiple choice.  A periodic table will be provided.
  • Please note that a student may not take either examination more than once.
  • Each student must bring at least one #2 pencil with and eraser to allow for machine grading.
  • Each student should bring a non-programmable calculator to the examination. Programmable calculators will NOT be allowed, and calculators will NOT be provided.  All other electronic devices (e.g. cell phones) must be turned off and stored out of sight.


State Farm Hall of Business
410 S University St,
Normal, IL 61761

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Contact Information:

If you have questions, please contact 
Jean Jorden, Laboratory Manager, ISU Chemistry Dept. 
Call: 309-438-7691, or 309-438-7661
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