You Be the Chemist



ARLINGTON, Va.— June 9, 2014—Students from across the United States will gather in Philadelphia to test their mettle as chemists and vie for college scholarships as they compete in the National You Be The ChemistChallenge® on June 23 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.


The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), is a quiz bowl style academic competition that aims to engage students in the fifth through eighth grades in learning important chemistry concepts, scientific theories, and chemical safety awareness. The competition was created in 2004 as a means to spark student interest in the sciences and prepare students for future study and scientific careers. The competition is also an opportunity for members of the chemical industry to interact with and enhance science education opportunities for schools and organizations in their communities.


Nearly 25,000 students participated in the Challenge program during the 2013-2014 school year at the local and state levels. One student from each of the 30 participating states has qualified to compete at the national competition, where prizes include academic scholarships totaling $15,000, trophies, Thames & Kosmos CHEMC3000 chemistry kits, graphing calculators, gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store, T-shirts, backpacks and more. The competition will be followed by a celebration dinner and awards ceremony at the National Constitution Center, featuring live science entertainment.


“As the Challenge program celebrates its 10th anniversary, we are excited to see Challenge alumni pursuing chemistry and other sciences at the university level,” stated CEF Executive Director John Rice. “Every year we watch the Challenge inspire participants to study chemistry in greater depth, and we are thrilled to see the program introducing students to new career paths and possibilities for future exploration,” he added.


Outside of the competition, participating students and their families will have the opportunity to tour exhibits in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, spend a day at The Franklin Institute, and explore historic Philadelphia.


The 2014 National Challenge participants will represent the following states:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A representative from the District of Columbia will participate in the competition as well.


The National Challenge and all of its surrounding events are organized by CEF and sponsored by members of the chemical industry and educational organizations.


The 2014 National Challenge sponsors are:


Diamond Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company


Platinum Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Brenntag North America, Inc., ICL Performance Products LP, LyondellBasell, PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Shell Chemical Company


Gold Sponsors: Monument Chemical, Science Buddies, Thames & Kosmos, Univar


Silver Sponsors: Horn, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)


Bronze Sponsors: Access Chemicals and Services, Coast Southwest, Inc., PQ Corporation, Turning Technologies LLC


For more information, visit the CEF website at .




About the Chemical Educational Foundation

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for our youth. CEF created the You Be The Chemist Challenge® in 2004.


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scholarship competition
June 9, 2014, 2:46 pm