Loras College Chemistry Olympics 2018

Loras College to host Chemistry Olympics for area high schools April 20

More than 100 students to compete

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, will host its Chemistry Olympics from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 20 at its St. Joseph Science Hall. More than 100 students from 11 different high schools will compete for trophies and can qualify for Loras scholarships. This event is free and open to the public.

“The science faculty and students at Loras are excited to continue hosting this event,” said Adam Moser, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry at Loras. “We hope the chance for the high school students to participate in some friendly competition and see science at Loras will encourage them to continue in science.”

The 21 teams will compete in solution identification races, periodic table contest, chemical quiz show and more. The competitions reinforce skills and concepts taught in general chemistry and require students to balance speed with accuracy.

The day also includes hands-on experiences with 3-D printing, robots, DNA and infrared labs, discussions on global warming and opportunities for the students to talk with college students and professors.

Participating high schools include Dubuque Senior, Poynette, Wisconsin; Davenport North, Mount Vernon, Potosi, Wisconsin; Beckman, Dyersville; Muscatine, Rockford, Illinois; Prince of Peace, Clinton; Edgewood-Colesburg and Central DeWitt.

The Loras Chemistry program is an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified program that provides students the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in chemical principles and to apply their training in the lab.

Contact Moser at 563.588.7920 or adam.moser@loras.edu for more information on the Science Olympics.

Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.

Visit www.loras.edu, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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