|(l-r) Ariel Mahovsky, Assaf Mauda, Dan Liraz and
Israeli teens coached by the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry won silver and bronze medals at the 40th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held in Budapest in July 2008, achieving the best result for Israel since it first submitted a team to the competition three years ago. Participation at the Olympiad numbered 261 pupils from around the world.
Ochri Halimi, the Technion-coached team at the
Assaf Mauda, at 16 the youngest competitor from Israel, reaped the silver medal. Having joined the Archimedes Project at the faculty, he intends to study at the Technion when he completes high school or after his military service. The Archimedes Project enables some 40 talented pupils in grades 10 through 12 to study chemistry and mathematics at the Technion, earning college credit toward future studies.
Dean of the faculty, Prof. Moris Eisen, comments, “The growing success of these pupils in the international Olympiads is the direct result of the efforts that were made by our graduate students and by Prof. Gabi Kventzel, director of the Chimiada and Archimedes projects, and of the general support obtained from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry.”
The Israeli delegation to Hungary also included Ariel Mahovsky and bronze medalists Ochri Halimi and Dan Liraz, accompanied by Dr Iris Barzilai and Prof. Moris Eisen.