2019 National You Be The Chemist Challenge®

We invite you to join CEF in celebrating science education and help us share the excitement and value of chemistry and STEM careers at the 2019 National Challenge in Washington, DC!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company

Platinum Sponsor: BASF Corporation

See a full list of National Challenge sponsors here.

National Challenge event registration is now closed. If you have any questions please contact the CEF staff via email: cbanks@chemed.org.

The National Challenge hotel room block is now closed. If you have any questions regarding reservations for the National Challenge event please contact the CEF staff directly at sbucher@chemed.org or 571/482-3056.


All events will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel located at 2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC.

  • Sunday, June 16
    The dress code for Sunday is casual.
    • 6:00 pm: CEF’s 30th Anniversary Reception & Dinner, Ambassador Ballroom
  • Monday, June 17
    The dress code for Monday is business casual.
    • 8:30 – 10:00 am: Competition Breakfast, Ambassador Ballroom
    • 10:00 am: Doors open for 2019 National Challenge Competition, Regency Ballroom
    • 10:30 am: Competition Begins, Regency Ballroom
    • 12:00 pm: Competition Lunch, Ambassador Ballroom
    • 1:45 pm: Competition Resumes, Regency Ballroom
    • 6:00 pm: National Challenge Reception: Celebration of Careers in Chemistry, Regency Ballroom
  • Tuesday, June 18
    The dress code for Tuesday is casual. 
    • 8:30 am – 10:00 am: Farewell Breakfast, Blue Room


All National Challenge attendees should familiarize themselves with the 2019 National Challenge Rules and Format. If you have any questions concerning these documents, please contact CEF at challenge@chemed.org

2019 National Challenge Rules
2019 National Challenge Format


CEF provides Study Materials to help students succeed at every level of the Challenge and encourage them to explore the fascinating world of chemistry and its real-world applications.

National Challenge Study Materials


View the National Challenge highlight video: