Chemistry pupil heads for science Olympics

June 17, 2014

(L-R) Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy, Sam Alsop and Ben Anandappa who also competed in the 2013 Olympiad

A Year 12 chemistry whiz who attended after school classes in mathematics, physics and chemistry at Murdoch University has been chosen to compete at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Vietnam in July.

Sam Alsop, 17, is one of 23 of Australia’s brightest students who have been picked to test their skills against 2000 of the smartest students in the world.
It is the second time Sam has represented Australia at the Olympiad, winning the silver medal at last year’s event in Moscow.

“We’re hoping that this year Sam will bring home gold,” said Adjunct Professor Jennifer Searcy, who runs the Murdoch University After School Program in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

“I had been teaching Sam since the age of 10 and he only left us last year. He has completed the Murdoch University first year units Introduction to Chemistry, Chemical Principles and Calculus and Matrix Algebra.

“During his time with the program, Murdoch University’s chemistry staff have also given Sam work experience so that he could learn laboratory skills.”

Sam, who attends the Frederick Irwin Anglican School in Mandurah, will be competing in the chemistry team in Hanoi, Vietnam and will have to compete a five hour theory exam and another five hour laboratory exam.

The Murdoch University After School Program in Mathematics and Physical Sciences is available for pupils from 10 years of age. The two hour classes run three times a week. For more information, email Professor Searcy or call 0407 982349.

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