The 2017 National Challenge

Mark your calendars—the 2017 National You Be The Chemist Challenge® will take place on Monday, June 19 in Washington, D.C. More information about the 2017 National Challenge coming soon!



If you are interested in supporting the 2017 National Challenge, please contact Suzette Bucher, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, at


 2016 National Challenge Recap

At this year’s National Challenge in Philadelphia we explored the ways that chemistry is helping us solve global challenges and how chemistry binds us together as global citizens. We highlighted chemists and companies worldwide who are using chemistry in unique ways to advance human potential.

We celebrated the outstanding achievements of 39 bright middle school students as they showed off their knowledge of chemistry under the bright lights of the Kimmel Center. The competition was followed by a Celebration Reception, Dinner, and Award Ceremony at the National Constitution Center.

Jevin Liu of Illinois (right) was declared the 2016 National Challenge Champion. The First Runner-up was Tom Shlomi of Ohio (not pictured), the Second Runner-up was Jonathan Gunasekaran of Louisiana (center), and the Third Runner-up was Sean Grace of Tennessee (left).

Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s National Challenge!

Special thanks to our 2016 National You Be The Chemist Challenge sponsors. Click here to learn more about each company.

Read all about previous National Challenges.