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URI hosts annual Chemistry Contest

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KINGSTON, R.I. –May 30, 2007—The Chemistry Department at the University of Rhode Island hosted its annual “Chemistry Contest” competition this month, which attracted about 500 students representing 17 high schools across Rhode Island.

The hour-long, multiple-choice contest covered general chemistry and some organic chemistry. The contest has two divisions: Division I is composed of students who have had no more than one year of chemistry. Division II is composed of students who have had more than one year of chemistry. Each division has a team competition and an individual competition.


Brady Kelly of Portsmouth High School took first place in the individual competition in Division 1. Ari Nalbandian of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick took first prize in the individual competition in Division II. URI News Bureau photo by Michael Salerno.










Ari Nalbandian, a student at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, won first place in Division II of URI’s annual Chemistry Contest. URI News Bureau photo by Michael Salerno.










The Bishop Hendricken High School team from Warwick won first place in Division I of URI’s annual Chemistry Contest. The team members are (front, l-r) Michael Bennett, Sean Flaherty, John Whittaker, Ryan Denkewicz and (back row, l-r) Jim Park, John Abel, Woojin Lee, and Travis St. Onge. URI News Bureau photo by Michael Salerno.


The contest was established in 1921 by Joseph Waite Ince, a URI chemistry professor. Beginning in 1997, the award of a full, four-year scholarship to URI was based, in part, on the results of the competition. The 30 highest scoring high school juniors will be invited to take a second exam and the student scoring highest will be offered the scholarship.




LaSalle Academy of Providence won first place in Division II of URI’s annual Chemistry Contest. Team members are (front, l-r) Franco Oshiro, Stefanie Raiola, Roger Ferland, teacher; Christina Marcaccio. Elizabeth Brown, and Mike Zhu. Rear (l-r) Frederik Clinckemaillie, Rebecca Marten, and Dominic Rocco.
URI News Bureau photo by Michael Salerno.