Northern Oklahoma

Building Bonds with Chemistry in Northern Oklahoma


The Northern Oklahoma ACS sponsors a number of educational events and awards each year. Educational events include National Chemistry Week, the Science Fair, Energy Days, and the Chemistry Olympiad. Awards sponsored by the NOK ACS recognize chemists at every level of proficiency, from high school seniors with aspirations to study chemistry, to seasoned technicians and chemists.

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering to help with any of these activities, or if you would like more information.  

National Chemistry Week

Each year, Northern Oklahoma visits local elementary schools to do science experiments with 4th and 5th graders. Please check our Blog for more information posted every fall.

2016 Pentasectional

The Northern Oklahoma ACS local section is pleased to be hosting the 2016 Pentasectional Regional meeting at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK.  The Pentasectional meeting brings together 150 - 200 local chemists each year to share their research interests and progress.  Please visit the Pentasectional website for more details.  

Chemistry Olympiad

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad are multi-tiered competitions that bring together the world’s most talented high school students to test their knowledge and skills in chemistry. Nations around the world conduct examinations to nominate the most high-performing students for the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Members of the Northern Oklahoma Section coach local students for about nine weeks to prepare them for the local and national exams. The Bartlesville mid-high school kindly hosts these sessions and the high school laboratory is the venue for the national exam and practical test. The best performers in the United States meet in Colorado where the best of the best are selected for the International Olympiad which will be in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2014.

Science Olympiad in Bartlesville Middle Schools

Science Olympiad is and international scientific and academic competition in which students on a team compete in 23 different events in a breathtaking scheduled tournament. Each student is not only competing for the honor of earning individual medals: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, but also are a tight knit team working toward the team honor of the same category. This enriching competition is very process and hands on oriented and covers all of the areas of science: Life, Physical, Earth and Science process Skills.

Bartlesville District Science Fair

The Bartlesville District Science Fair has been held locally since 1953, and is currently held in late January / early February. The American Chemical Society participates by providing judges, special awards, and volunteers to help organize the event. The Bartlesville District Science Fair is a regional science fair covering four Oklahoma counties: Washington, Nowata, Osage, and Rogers. About 20 schools are represented each year, including public, private, and home schools. It is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which provides students the opportunity to win many awards sponsored by ISEF, including all-expenses paid trips for two projects and their teachers to the ISEF in May. The top 30-35 projects progress to compete at the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair at East Central University in Ada in March. Recent years have seen the fair grow to an average participation of approximately 350 students; about 150 in the Friday evening Elementary Division, and about 200 in the Saturday morning Junior/Senior Division. Between the board of directors, category judges, special awards judges, registration volunteers, engineering contest, and safety reviewers, well over 100 volunteers come together to make each year’s science fair a success.

NOK-ACS Excellence in Chemistry Award

Every year, the Northern Oklahoma section of the American Chemical Society recognizes one of our local high school seniors for their achievements in chemistry, other sciences, math and all around academic performance. This monetary award is presented during the Senior Award Ceremony, which is held every year in the second week of May at the Bartlesville High School’s Fine Arts Center. The awardees are selected by the High School’s science teachers and administrators based on their academic record and performance. Many previous winners have been participants and top performers in the NOK-ACS sponsored US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) competition and have selected chemistry or chemical engineering as their major in college.

Kang Yang Memorial Fellowship

The Kang Yang memorial fellowship is awarded each year to a Ponca City high school senior planning to pursue a college degree in a hard science: chemistry, physics, biology or mathematics. The fellowship is a competitive award and applications are judged based on grade point average, performance on standardized tests, such as ACT or SAT, extracurricular activities/community service, and teacher or community leader recommendations. Kang Yang was a highly regarded, influential scientist in the Petroleum Products department of Conoco in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  The fellowship was established by his friends and colleagues to honor Kang Yang’s memory by encouraging excellent young students to pursue a science degree.

Technician of the Year

The Northern Oklahoma Section of the ACS recognizes excellence in chemical technicians within the section by administering the NOK-ACS TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD.  Awards are presented to three chemical technicians in the Northern Oklahoma area who have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism as a chemical technician. Criteria include technical skill, safety and housekeeping, relationship with co-workers, reliability, communication skills, contribution to team efforts, and additional professional activities.

All technicians, as defined by the ACS, with a minimum of five years experience, are eligible for nomination. Membership in the ACS or Committee on Technician Affairs is not required. The ACS defines a technician as a person whose training includes successful completion of a two-year post-high school level science curriculum leading to an Associate's degree, the equivalent course work in a Baccalaureate program, or the equivalent knowledge gained by experience. The primary work of a technician is to conduct experiments, correlate information to help solve problems, and to discover new knowledge.

Traditionally, three winners are chosen each year, with one selected as Overall Technician of the Year. 

Technician of the Year Awardees