Chemical Educational Foundation Hosts 15th Annual You Be The Chemist Challenge

June 14, 2019

ARLINGTON, VA – The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) will host its 15th annual National You Be The Chemist™ Challenge in Washington, DC on Monday, June 17.

CEF will welcome 42 students to compete onstage at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in a quiz-bowl style chemistry competition. The top 4 winners will receive scholarship checks to be used for higher education later in their academic careers. Read the full press release here.


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And the Winner is … Shreyas Arcot of Virginia Wins 2018 National You Be The Chemist Challenge

June 18, 2018

ARLINGTON, VA – Seventh-grader Shreyas Arcot from Glen Allen, Va., today won the title of National You Be The Chemist ChallengeChampion by correctly answering science and chemistry-related questions throughout an exhilarating day-long 11 rounds of academic bee-style competition. It was his third time competing at the National Challenge. This year the top four placing students won academic scholarships totaling $22,500 and other science-related prizes.Read full Media Release here.


CEF Executive Director presents the 2018 award to Dr. Larry Sernyk.

Chemical Educational Foundation Names Dow Retiree Larry Sernyk First-EverYou Be The Chemist Community Champion of the Year

Dr. Larry Sernyk Recognized as Community Champion for Devotion to Chemistry Education

June 18, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) today announced its first-ever Community Champion of the Year, former Dow AgroSciences Canola Breeder and Project Manager, Dr. Larry Sernyk. Dr. Sernyk is one of 14 Community Champions recognized this year for their contributions to volunteerism and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in communities across the nation. Since connecting with You Be The Chemistin 2010, Sernyk has led almost 40 hands-on workshops as an instructor certified through CEF, in addition to organizing and expanding the You Be The Chemist Challenge in Indiana. Read full Media Release here.

You Be The Chemist Challenge Announces 42 Student Finalists Competing for National Champion Title

Middle School STEM Student Finalists Named in National Chemistry Competition

May 30, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) has announced the 42 middle school students who will be competing on June 18 in the 2018 National You Be The Chemist Challenge in Washington, D.C. For its 14th year, CEF, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring students to pursue chemistry and STEM-related learning and careers, facilitated local and state You Be the Chemist Challenges for approximately 46,000 students ranging from grades 5-8. Local, state, and national You Be The Chemist Challenges are designed to engage middle school students in chemistry in an effort to demonstrate the importance of science in their everyday lives. In a bee-style competition, students in grades 5-8 are challenged to answer questions relating to chemistry and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. Read the Media Alert here.