Among the Best in the UK Chemistry Olympiad

A talented Oundle chemist has been selected to participate in the highly competitive second round of the UK Chemistry Olympiad.

Upper Sixth Form pupil Kadi Sun (F) was among the 30 highest scorers in Round 1 of the Olympiad held in January, and has been invited to attend an intensive four day residential at Cambridge University in April for the Olympiad’s Round 2.

The UK Chemistry Olympiad is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry and is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education.

In Round One, a challenging written test of chemical knowledge is administered in schools with questions based on real world chemistry problems, stimulating debate and raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. The paper is also an opportunity to develop and showcase some of the skills required for studying chemistry at university and beyond.

Round two is a demanding long weekend hosted by the University of Cambridge. Over the course of four days, the pupils face a rigorous series of theoretical and practical tests, designed to raise aspirations by challenging them to make the best possible use of their knowledge.

Based on performances during Round 2, four pupils will be chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad which will be hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic in July 2018.

In June last year, Kadi achieved a Roentgenium Award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, given to the top 0.78% of over 7000 entrants.

Kadi has a conditional place to read Engineering at Cambridge University.