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International Chemistry Olympiad Begins!

The U.S team competing in the 40th International Chemistry Olympiad arrived safety in Budapest Friday morning. Our flight was long (more than nine hours!) but otherwise smooth. After a good night’s sleep, we’re well rested and ready to go.

The students will be taking a practical exam on Tuesday morning and a theoretical exam on Thursday morning. The rest of the time, they’ll be doing sightseeing in and around Budapest and getting to know their peers from around the world. This experience is as much about culture as it is about chemistry.

For the next four days, I will be sequestered with the students with no Internet access. But I will update you on our progress as soon as I can.

Take good care.


Taking a break along the Danube River. From left to right are head mentor Kara Pezzi, mentor Will Lynch, Andrew Liu, Jonathan Lee, Jenny Lu, and peer mentor J. L. Kiappes. Yuxin Xie is not pictured.


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  • Jul 17th 200809:07
    by Jianmin Chen (Yuxin's Mom)

    Linda, do you know why Yuxin was not with the team in your picture (by the Danube River)?

  • Jul 18th 200802:07
    by Linda Wang

    Hi Jianmin,

    Yuxin arrived a day late to the Olympiad. This photo was taken on Friday before she arrived. She is with us now and doing very well!


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