A Promising Young Chemist receives the Chemistry Olympiad GOLD MEDAL

The Chemistry Olympiad (organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry) is the leading chemistry competition for students in secondary education across the UK. It is held annually and the Olympiad is an opportunity for teachers to challenge their chemistry students, helping them to develop creative thinking, and apply their existing knowledge in new and interesting contexts.

Mufid Morshed (pictured above) who is 18 years old and studying A Levels at Woodhouse College secured a Gold medal. He said “I enjoyed the test. It was a challenge filled with unique questions which helped give me an insight into the kind of problems chemists must have to solve. Though I must admit that I was not expecting to do well. I looked at a few questions before hand and realised how hard it was going to be. I decided to do it anyway as I thought if even if I did badly, it would not negatively effect me in the future; it was an opportunity I did not want to waste. Even after I’d taken the test, I initially didn’t think I done so well. It was to my surprise that I found out I had. The moral of my story… take as many opportunities as possible. One will work out for you eventually.”
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The competition is made up of three stages, but the majority of students only compete in the first stage. The first challenge for successful entrants is a written test of their chemical knowledge, based on real-world chemistry problems. This round takes place at college and takes two hours. Test questions often stimulate a lot of debate, raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. It is a great opportunity for students to develop and showcase some of the skills they’ll need at university and beyond.

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