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Loras College Hosted Chemistry Olympics, Awarded $15,000 in Scholarships

5/6/2014
 
Loras College Chemistry Club hosted the Chemistry Olympics on April 11, 2014 at St. Joseph Science Hall on the Loras College campus.  The Chemistry Olympics is an annual, daylong event run by the students, which allows high schools students to come to Loras College and compete in five events that test laboratory and content covered in general chemistry. Winners are awarded trophies and Loras College scholarships.  
 
The day also includes a science building tour, meetings with science professors, hands-on laboratory experiences in the DNA lab and Infrared lab, and a chance for high school students to talk with current college students and college professors.  The goal of the event is to cultivate greater interest in chemistry, inspire future pursuits in science, and help strengthen the ties between Loras College and local high schools.
 
The Olympic events included the following: Titration Race, Solution Identification Race, Solution Density Drop Race, and Periodic Table Race.  The events help students reinforce the skills and concepts taught in general chemistry.  Events require students to balance speed with accuracy as they compete with each other to be the fastest to get the correct answer.
 
This year, approximately 40 students attended from Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids and Senior, Hempstead and Wahlert High Schools in Dubuque.  The winners are listed below.
 
1st Place Team: Dubuque Senior (Pooja Patel, Fiona Li, Kristen Savary, Molly Timmerman, Natalie Walgren)
2nd Place Team: Dubuque Senior (Jacob Locher, Chris Sullivan, Ryan Polley, Heather Kemp, Marie Poucin)
3rd Place Team: Xavier (Chris Ball, Jacob Schmitt, Jon Peters, Allison Jasper, Lucy Liu)
 
Race Winners (Gold Medal):
Solution Identification Race: Pooja Patel (Dubuque Senior)
Solution Density Drop Race: Lucy Liu (Xavier)
Titration Race: Chris Ball & Jon Peters (Xavier)
Periodic Table Race: Pooja Patel (Dubuque Senior)
 
Scholarships (renewable for 4 years):
$2,000: Pooja Patel, Fiona Li, Kristen Savary, Molly Timmerman, Natalie Walgren (Dubuque Senior)
$1,000: Jacob Locher (Dubuque Senior), Chris Ball (Xavier), Jon Peters (Xavier), Lucy Liu (Xavier), Joshua Jackson (Wahlert)

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