Dow is proud to be the sole corporate sponsor of the 44th year of the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). IChO provides high school chemistry students the opportunity to compete in science competitions at the highest levels, and establish networks that go beyond cultures and borders. For only the second time in its history, the global competition will take place in the United States.
"As a global company with operations in more than 40 participating nations, Dow sees the International Chemistry Olympiad as a prime opportunity to help inspire the next generation of scientists," said Andrew Liveris, Dow Chairman and CEO. "With more than 95 percent of all manufactured products requiring some level of chemistry, highly educated and inspired scientists will help ensure a sustainable future for our company, our planet and our communities."
Dow's sponsorship further expands the company's mission to highlight the importance of chemistry and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. It comes on the heels of a successful year as a sponsor of the International Year of Chemistry and supports Dow's many education initiatives.
As part of IchO, more than 70 nations will send a team of four students for the ten-day event of exams, laboratory work, and scientific and cultural excursions based at the University of Maryland, College Park The competition will cover several areas of chemistry, including: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and spectroscopy. Qualifying student teams are typically chosen through a series of regional and national Olympiads.
As the competition sponsor, Dow (working with the American Chemical Society) will facilitate a number of events throughout the year leading up to the main competition in Summer 2012.
Building on this tremendous opportunity to connect with chemistry students across the globe, Dow has launched a Facebook platform called Dow Solutionists in School. The purpose of this page is to build a community of students, educators, and influencers around an interest in chemistry and highlight the solutions and personal opportunities that a career in chemistry and a background in STEM education can provide. Visit the page at www.facebook.com/dowsolutionistsinschool.
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