The 10th National Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Tournament Introduction

The National Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Tournament of China is a grand event hosted by the Research Center of Chemistry Education of the Ministry of Education, undertaken by universities across the country, and funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The aim of the tournament is to display and exchange information about the achievements of university chemistry laboratory instruction reform, to strengthen communication and summarize experiences between different departments, as well as to promote chemistry laboratory instructional reform, in both content and method. We believe that exchanging these ideas can contribute to further cultivating innovative talent in chemistry.

Since 1998,the Chemistry Laboratory Tournament has been held successfully nine times: in Nankai University (1998), Jilin University (2000), Peking University (2002), Xiamen University (2004), Sun Yat-Sen University (2006), Zhejiang University (2008), Wuhan University (2010), Fudan University (2012) and Lanzhou University (2014). During this time, the scale of the tournament has also increased from 20 universities with 70 contestants to 42 universities with 126 contestants.

The 10th National Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Tournament will be hosted by Nanjing University, taking place over 5 days, from July 6-10, 2016. The students’ laboratory tournament and teachers’ laboratory teaching seminar will take place at the same time. We anticipate that 126 students majoring in Chemistry and more than 180 teachers from 42 universities will be taking part in this event in Nanjing University. In addition, we will be inviting honorary student teams from the University of Michigan (USA) and University of Sheffield (UK) to participate and observe the tournaments (scores will not be taken into account). Participants will take a written test (2.5 hours) and an experiment operating test (8 hours). Some of our outstanding teachers and the international professors will offer seminars on laboratory teaching ideas, methods, contents and management.

The procedure for the choice of the contestants is as follows: According to the requirements, participating universities should provide a list of no less than 30 students, within the 30% of the students’ total amount. Two weeks before the tournament, the organizing committee will randomly choose 3 students from each university as the representative contestants. In this way, we avoid universities from undertaking an overly concentrated training for only few students, focused only on getting good results in the tournament. We agree that this provides a fair and open design for the tournament.

After the written test on chemistry theory, which all participant must take, each laboratory experimental subject will also be decided randomly, through drawing lots, in the following three subjects: Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry experiments.

This format objectively reflects the students' comprehensive experimental skills and theoretical knowledge level, and ensures that competition is as fair and impartial as possible. At the same time, it also reflects the idea that all students should be capable across many areas.

The game total score of the contestant consists of two parts: written examination score (30%) and laboratory operation score (70%). The organizing committee will determine the list of winners according to the total score. Experimental subjects will be ranked separately, as previous tournaments have adhered to the principle of "more attention to participation, less attention to ranking.” So individual participants are only accounted for with a total score and ranking, and not accounted for by a total University score and ranking.

From the first to the seventh National Undergraduate Chemistry Experiment Tournament, the prize percentage was distributed in this way: First Prize (10%), Second Prize (20%), and Third Prize (70%). The eighth invitation tournament adjusted the prize percentage to the top 60%: First Prize (10%), Second Prize (20%), and Third Prize (30%). After discussion, the prize percentage of the ninth Experiment Tournament will be adjusted to the top 75%: First Prize (15%), Second Prize (25%), and Third Prize (35%).

During the tournament, the laboratory teaching seminar will also be held, and teachers from participating universities will exchange their ideas and hold discussions on several issues, such as: experiment teaching research and reform, students' practical ability and innovation training, and laboratory teaching team construction and management.

The organizing committee believes that the Tenth National Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Tournament can contribute to improving China's abilities in undergraduate instructional practice and in the scientific quality of our students; it will also play an important role in promoting communication about the reform of chemistry laboratory teaching.

For more information about nanjing, please click on the following official website link: "Nanjing China".

 

Schedule

Date & Time Event Venue
6th, July 8:00~22:00 Check in Champions Hotel
18:00~20:00 Dinner First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
20:00~21:30 Meeting of Team Guides No.3 Meeting Room, First-floor, Champions Hotel
7th, July 7:00~8:00 Breakfast First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
9:00~10:00 Opening Ceremony Enling theatre
10:00~10:20 Group Photo Square out of Enling theatre
10:20~11:00 Plenary Lecture: New Ideas for Chemistry Education
Prof. Coppola University of Michigan, US
Enling theatre
11:00~11:30 Safety Guide Enling theatre
11:00~11:30 NJU Museum Touring
11:30~12:30 Lunch Champions Hotel
14:30~16:30 Written Test Teaching Building
14:30~17:30 Laboratory Teaching Seminar H301 Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building
18:00~19:00 Dinner First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
8th, July 7:00~7:30 Breakfast First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
8:00~16:00 Experiment operating test(Launch time is included) Basic Experimental Building
8:30~11:30 Laboratory Teaching Seminar H301 Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building
11:30~12:30 Lunch Champions Hotel
13:30~16:00 Laboratory Teaching Seminar H301 Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building
16:00~17:00 Laboratory Touring Basic Experimental Building
18:00~19:00 Dinner First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
9th, July 7:00~8:00 Breakfast First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
8:30~11:30 Nanjing Museum Touring
11:30~12:30 Lunch Champions Hotel
14:30~16:00 Award and Closing Ceremony H301 Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building
18:00~19:00 Dinner First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
10th, July 7:00~8:00 Breakfast First-floor Buffet, Champions Hotel
Departure

 

Safety guide of the 10th national college students’ chemistry experimental invitational competition

All participants must follow the following safety guide. Special notes will be announced in related experiments.

1. Be familiar with the location of emergency exits, fire hydrant, fire distinguishers, emergency showers and eye washers.

2. Wear safety goggles and laboratory gloves during the exam, if need (already on each table).

3. Long sleeves lab coats are required (will be provided). Flip-flop, sandals and spikes are forbidden in lab area. Hairs must be tied if longer than collar.

4. Experiments involve volatile chemicals, toxic and irritant gas must be performed in hoods.

5. Solid waste must be disposed in designated container; organic and inorganic waste must be dumped in waste caps with special labels.

6. Do not place scorching items on lab bench directly.

7. Handle glassware with extra cautions. Avoid breaking any glassware. If anything broken, avoid scratching yourself or others.

8. Handle chemicals carefully. Read “Material Safety Data Sheet” carefully before using corrosive, hazardous, flammable and explosive reagents.

9. Avoid splashing and skin contact of chemicals. Once splashed on skin, please Take off contaminated clothes immediately and seek professional medical treatment (Doctors will be on duty at laboratory).

10. Food and drinks are strictly forbidden in laboratories.

11. If any questions about laboratory safety, consult with supervisors on duty. Once emergency occurred, please report to a supervisor immediately.

 

Notes of the 10th national college students’ chemistry experimental invitational competition

All students and teachers must read and follow the following notes before the competition:

1. For students and teachers, please take care of personal belongings during the competition.

2. The competition has written exam and experimental operation exam. The written exam will be at 14:30 pm – 16:30 pm, July 7th, at the Teaching Building. The experimental operation exam will be at 8:00 am – 16:00 pm, at Basic Experiment Building (1st, 3rd and 5th floor of A region). There are three sets of experimental operation exam; The time length of each exam set could vary.

3. For written exams, please arrive at classroom at least 10 minutes ahead. Be seated following the examinee ID (which will be determined on the team leaders’ meeting). After receiving the test paper, please check the page number and pages. Please write down your examinee ID on test paper and answer sheet, no name and university name is allowed. Once finished the exam, please hand in you test paper and answer sheet to supervisors and do not take any paper or sheet with you when leaving. Expect for stationery and scientific calculators, no cell phones, electronic memory devices is allowed.

4. The operation exam will start at 8:00 am, please gather in the lobby of A region at 7:40 am and draw lots to determine groups. Examinees will be lead to laboratories 15 minutes ahead of time by volunteers, and examinee ID will be written on each lab coats. Examinees will be in seated and familiarized with instruments, water, power and other public facilities. Once received the order, examinees can start the exam.

5. Stationery and scientific calculators is allowed during the operation exam. No cell phones, books and electronic devices.

6. During the operation exam, please carefully check the pages and page number of test paper and report sheet. Write down examinee ID on them, no name and university name. Use black pens or ball-point pens to write down protocols, phenomena and data. Writing on scratch paper is invalid.

7. Once finished, please put your experiment products on designated location. Put test paper and report sheet in the original envelop and give it to invigilators to conform the time of the end of exam.

8. Once finished, please wash all glassware, clean up the experiment table (will not account in exam time) and leave after allowed.

9. Please take care of experimental facilities. Damage on facilities will result in points deduction.

10. Drinks and snacks will be provided outside of laboratories. Notify a supervisor when needed.