Tournament Info

This page covers topics on competitor eligibility and tournament-day events.

Tournament Schedule 2019 Prep Material

ELIGIBILITY

Students who are enrolled in a high school (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in the Washington University in St. Louis Chemistry Tournament (WUCT). Spots for teams of 6 students to compete in WUCT are filled on a rolling basis until registration closes or if no more teams can be accomodated.

Each team must be of 6 students and be accompanied by a coach, either a teacher or parent, who will oversee the team's registration, be a point of contact for important updates and announcements, and be at the competition with the students. Additionally, we ask that coaches help proctor another team during the Team Exam round; further instructions will be provided closer to competition day. The first 50 complete teams that register will be guaranteed a spot. Additional teams that register will be waitlisted; If a spot opens up, teams will be immediately informed based on their spot on the waiting list. All teams will be informed by March 1st at the latest about remaining spots.

If one or more members drop from a complete team, the team will have 2 weeks to find a replacement before a random replacement is assigned or before forfeiting their spot. Random replacements will be individuals or group who were also unable to form a team but will still like to compete if they are able to be matched into a team of 6. All teams will not be allowed to change members nor their registration information after March 15th unless there are extenuating circumstances (ie. travel issues or illness). This is to ensure that those who are on a waitlist know that they either have a spot and need to make the necessary travel plans or that they don't have a spot.

Traditional Teams

Most teams participating at WUCT represent a high school. To reserve a spot in WUCT, a high school can send one team for every 1500 enrolled students up to a maximum of 2 teams. Schools that wish to send a second team despite the school size restriction will have their second team waitlisted until February 1st, 2019. Waitlisted teams with completed information and early registration times will priority and fill remaining spots until none are left.

Non-Traditional Teams

The 6 students on the same team do not need to be part of the same high school to be eligible; however, they must reside in the same state in order to reserve a spot. Homeschooled students are also welcome, as long as they are from grades 9-12. In addition to having a coach, the team must also provide an appropriate team name to be used on lanyards and the awards ceremony.

Incomplete Teams

Since incomplete teams will be at a disadvantage during the team-based rounds, WUCT will match interested individuals and incomplete groups in order to form full teams. Once placed together, the team will be responsible for having at least one adult sponsor accompany the team to WUCT and an appropriate team name to be used to be used on lanyards and the awards ceremony. However, we strongly urge you to contact peers and teachers from schools in your state to form a team before resorting to this option, as having a full team is the only way we can guarantee a spot in the tournament. If you or your group are seeking to be matched with other competitors to form a team, please fill out this form with your interest by February 1st, 2019. All groups will be notified before March 15th of their designations, if they are assigned.

 

EVENT OVERVIEW

WUCT is a day-long event, with all teams checking in at 7:15 AM and an awards ceremony ending at approximately 6:00 PM (times are in CDT). A more detailed schedule with locations will be posted before the weeks leading up to event day. Teams will receive personalized schedules (ie specific rooms for exams) when they first arrive campus.

Exam Rounds

WUCT features 4 examination rounds, each an hour long. All answers and work will be on paper and students will be allowed to use a pencil or a blue/black ink pen along with a non-programmable calculator. An equation sheet and periodic table will be provided for all rounds.

  1. Individual Round
    Teams will split up as 6 individuals and the top 15 students will be awarded.
  2. Topics Round
    During this round, WUCT features 3 different exams, each involving a unique application of chemistry. Teams will split into 3 pairs of students, with each pair taking one topic exam. Each pair will be given two copy of their respective exam. The top 5 pairs of each topic exam will be awarded.
  3. Team Round
    Teams will be provided their own room with a blackboard for this team exam. Teams will be given at least fours copies of the exam with one copy specifically for scoring (will be labeled). Coaches will be asked to proctor another team during this round. The top 5 teams will be awarded.
  4. Breaking Bonds Round
    Breaking Bonds is a fast-paced, live-scored round where teams tackle one set of 3 problems at a time. The problems are scored on a simple correct/incorrect basis and points are awarded according to the difficulty of the set and if the team got all three question correct (bonus). The top 5 teams will be awarded.

Additionally, there are awards for the top 10 teams for overall performance, titled the Director’s Awards. For more information on the exams, the material covered and the scoring algorithm, please refer to the Exams subsection.

Enrichment Activities

During the Individual and Topic Rounds, coaches that attend WUCT are invited to attend a series of workshops hosted by faculty from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Previous years featured interactive workshops regarding Peer-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and speakers from WUSTL’s Chemistry and Education Department.

For more information on our workshop events for educators, please refer to the Teacher Enrichment program page. Additional programming may be held for teams during the lunch break between Topics and Team Round or during the intermission between Breaking Bonds and the Awards Ceremony. Previous years featured STEM teacher panels and chemistry demonstrations from WUSTL’s Chemistry Department.

Recreation & Exploring Campus

Limited sports equipment will be provided during the lunch break and intermission before Awards Ceremony. Furthermore, WUCT may sponsor bonding events such as and mixers. Coaches and guardians are welcome to attend the Breaking Bonds round to cheer on and watch their teams compete live against others.

WUCT does not currently provide tours for teams through WUSTL’s Office of Admissions. However, with enough interest, private tours led by WUCT members could be arranged. Please contact the WUCT team if your team would be interested in touring WUSTL’s campus.

Please note that these rest periods are also opportune times for teams to review answer keys to exams and file any appeals. Please refer to the Exams subsection for more details. Provisions

Upon arrival, teams will be provided with a welcome packet with a personalized schedule as well as lanyards and event t-shirts for every member and for the coach. Breakfast with fruit, bagels, juice coffee will be provided before Opening Ceremony begins. Lunch will be provided between the Topic and Team Rounds. Snacks are also provided during intermissions. Additional information about catering on event day will be provided to teams during the week leading up to event day.

Teams will be prompted to list allergies, allergy severity and any dietary restrictions during registration. WUCT avoids foods that can trigger common food allergies and will provide meal options for vegetarians and others with specific dietary restrictions if noted in the registration form.

Our team will also try to accommodate coaches or competitors with severe medical conditions, but will need to be notified of said conditions in advance.

Provisions

Upon arrival, teams will be provided with a welcome packet with a personalized schedule as well as lanyards and event t-shirts for every member and for the coach.

Breakfast with fruit, bagels, juice coffee will be provided before Opening Ceremony begins. Lunch will be provided between the Topic and Team Rounds. Snacks are also provided during intermissions. Additional information about catering on event day will be provided to teams during the week leading up to event day.

Teams will be prompted to list allergies, allergy severity and any dietary restrictions during registration. WUCT avoids foods that can trigger common food allergies and will provide meal options for vegetarians and others with specific dietary restrictions if noted in the registration form.

Our team will also try to accommodate coaches or competitors with severe medical but will need to be notified of said conditions in advance.