Representing Ohio, 10-Year-Old Wins National You Be The Chemist Challenge®

A 10-year-old seventh-grader from Ohio won the title of National You Be The Chemist Challenge® Champion on June 22, becoming the youngest winner ever.

Daniel Liu survived 11 rounds of chemistry questions to earn the title. Aum Upadhyay, an eighth-grader representing Washington; Raghav Ramanujam, a sixth-grader representing California; and Rafay Ashary, an eighth-grader representing Texas placed second, third and fourth, respectively.  The top four placing students received academic scholarships totaling $18,500 as well as other prizes.

You Be The Chemist (YBTC) is a quiz-bowl-style academic competition created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® to engage middle school students in learning important chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The competition was created in 2004 as a means to spark student interest in the sciences and prepare students for future study and scientific careers. The competition is also an opportunity for members of the chemical industry to interact with and enrich science education opportunities for schools and organizations in their communities.

Deborah Borg, President of Dow USA, spoke at the celebration dinner following the competition, encouraging the students to stay curious, be innovative, and challenge themselves to create solutions to global problems. Dow is the sole Diamond Sponsor of You Be The Chemist, and also sponsors state- and regional-level competitions. Driven by the engagement of Dow STEM Ambassadors, Dow increased the number of local challenges it supported to 23, up from 13 the previous year, sponsoring local competitions in communities near company manufacturing sites in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. These challenges engaged more than 9,500 students, and made up 25% of the total challenge participation nationwide.