Gannon University Professor Mentors Chemistry Olympiad Medalists
Posted: August 25, 2017
A Gannon University chemistry professor was one of three
mentors to the United States team that turned in a record-setting
performance at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, July 6-15.
Christine A. Saber, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry was
selected from a pool of national applicants to serve a three-year
term as a mentor for the American Chemical Society's United States
National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO).
In the first year of her term, Saber traveled with the U.S.
delegation to the 2016 IChO in Tbilisi, Georgia.
This year, her mentorship responsibilities included planning,
hosting and training the top 20 high school chemistry students in
the nation at a 15-day summer camp held at the U.S. Air Force
Academy in Colorado Springs. The mentors, two from colleges and one
from a high school, choose the top four students to represent the
U.S. at the IChO through a series of theoretical and practical
exams. They then help to prepare the team at a rigorous training
camp held this year in June.
"Each year I must be/become competent with all questions that
each respective country prepares. These questions require extensive
knowledge of all areas of chemistry at a very advanced level," she
said. "This year the results included four gold medals, a record
for the United States, which is a very gratifying outcome for
In total, 297 students from 76 countries participated in the
weeklong IChO competition. The committee awarded 36 gold medals, 65
silver medals and 95 bronze medals.