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Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad

The Singapore Junior Chemistry Olympiad (SJChO) is a competition organised by the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) in partnership with NUS, NTU and Nanyang Polytechnic and supported by the Ministry of Education.

SJChO provides a platform for all upper secondary (or equivalent levels) students to challenge themselves in their chemical knowledge and skills. It also seeks to promote the excitement in learning and doing Chemistry as well as to identify and develop chemistry talents.  SJChO has the following objectives:

  • To develop a holistic culture and passion in chemistry teaching & learning
  • To advance chemistry as a subject and lifelong interest
  • To identify, reward and nurture talents in chemistry and related disciplines
  • To promote public awareness of chemistry, its applications & impact in our life
  • To encourage collaboration, interaction & friendship through chemistry

The history of this competition began in 2010 with the strong support from Raffles Institution, NUS High School and the Ministry of Education.  The support for the first SJChO was overwhelming with about 2000 students from over 30 schools.  Today, the competition attracts much more than 2000 students from over 75 secondary schools in Singapore.  Opportunities to participate in the practical round is given to all schools who supports strongly the competition without short changing the top chemistry students in the nation.  The competition is opened to all schools in Singapore which is inclusive of independent and international schools.  Since the conception of SJChO many other schools such as Victoria Junior College, River Valley High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Anglo Chinese Junior College, Temasek Junior College, Tanjong Katong Secondary School, Raffles Girls School, Coral Secondary School, National Junior College, Anglican High School, Catholic High School and Zhong Hua Secondary have helped in the hosting of the SJChO.  The main people behind the scenes are  mainly volunteers from the chemistry community, mainly lecturers, researchers and school teachers who generously volunteer their time for the benefit of all participants.  Throughout the years, organising the competition has been full of ups and downs which coincide with every change of leadership and committee members.  For those who has been involved, it has been exhausting though fulfilling.  

The chemistry community represented by SNIC is proud to be the organiser of the largest Junior Science Olympiad in Singapore today.  

The SJChO is chaired by Prof Tan Choon Hong and consists of two sub-committees:

Logistic Sub-committee

Scientific Sub-Committee

 Dr Leong Lai Peng, NUS (Chair)

Ms Lisa LUO, SNIC (Secretary)

Dr Jayden Ang, NYP (Treasurer)

Ms Ng Yu Rui, MOE

Dr Tan Zhi Kuang, NUS (Chair)

Dr Hoang Truong Giang, NUS

Dr Chong Yuan Yi, NUS

Dr Davin Tan, NTU

Dr Richmond Lee, SUTD

Dr Chua Zhijie, NTU

Mr Wee Chorng Shin, HCI

Dr Phoon Chee Wee, NYP

Dr Ng Su Ling, SP

Ms Seow Ai Hua, NTU

Ms Low Eng Hah, NUS




















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Timeline for Logistic committee.

Timeline for Scientific committee.