Science Olympiad

Get ready for Science Olympiad!

Purdue Northwest has been hosting Regional Competitions for more than two decades. This year, we were proud to host both a Regional Competition on February 10, 2024 and a State Tournament on March 23, 2024.

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Two lion statues on the Hammond Campus

Important Information

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About Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization that organizes the events that middle school and high school students compete in at regional, state, and national competitions. These competitions include a collection of 23 events covering STEM topics including life sciences; earth and space sciences; physical sciences and chemistry; technology and engineering; and inquiry and the nature of science. This broad range of topics provides a suitable fit for any student interested in the STEM fields.

A group of students gather for a photo at our 2024 Science Olympiad.

Students and PNW staff interact in one of our labs for a demonstration.

Students from Whiting visit campus and gather for group photo along with their teacher.

Two students present their project to staff at the 2024 Science Olympiad.

Students from the John Adams Science Olympiad gather for a group photo.

PNW staff observe student projects in action.

Students from the St. Thomas More Science Olympiad gather with their teachers for a group photo.

Students from Munster High School Science Olympiad and other high schools all gather inside a PNW lab as they work to solve a problem.

Students participating in the 2024 Science Olympiad meet in the Fitness Recreational Gym.

Students from the PHS Science Olympiad meet for a group photo alongside their teacher in a PNW classroom.

Students prepare to present their project at the 2024 Science Olympiad.

John Durcoher, professor of Integrative Health Sciences at PNW, enjoys his time at the 2024 Science Olympiad.

PNW Campus Information

See the Hammond Campus Map

  • Buses will park in the 169th Street Lot. Buses may pick up students up after the awards ceremony in the FRC parking lot.
  • Cars: Parking is available in the 169th Street Lot and 173rd Street Lot.
  • Hotels: Hotels are located in the area and are a short drive from campus. Unfortunately, we are sorry that we are unable to provide a group rate for hotels this year.

About Us

Regional Tournament Director

Vanessa Quinn

Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences

(219) 785-5457

Hammond Campus, GYTE 181

Westville Campus, TECH 295

Event Coordinators

Lindsay Gielda

Lindsay M. Gielda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

(219) 785-5318

Westville Campus, SWRZ 111A

Daniel Suson

Daniel Suson, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics

(219) 989-2375

Hammond Campus, GYTE 269


Division B Competition Schedule (State)

Division C Competition Schedule (State)

Event Partners


Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of answered questions. Please check back here for more submitted questions. It will be regularly updated up until the day of the competition. Please email the Tournament Director, Vanessa Quinn, if you do not see your question.

Some answers are subject to change! Check back regularly for updates.

Last modified: 2/1/2023

Aprons/Lab Coats


Communication Devices

All electronic devices including Apple Watches, iPads, iPods, laptop computers, cell phones, pagers, walkie-talkies, and various text messaging devices must be turned off and placed in your backpack while in competition. Anyone caught using a device while competing could be disqualified from that event. Any team caught more than once could be disqualified from the tournament.

No, digital photography or video recording is only allowed if the competing team has given you clear permission to do so. Digital photography or video recording is only allowed for your own team.

Food on Campus

The cafeteria will not be open the day of the regional or state competition. There are a number of food vendors close to campus.


Yes, your team has a homeroom. This information is in the Coach’s google folder and available to you at check in.


Any items that should be impounded should be taken to the room in which the competition is going to take place. The room will be open and staffed by a volunteer between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

If one of your students is late you can take the item to GYTE 181 and ask the person at the desk to contact the Regional Tournament Director.

National Tournament – Advancing Teams

We will not know the answer to this question until late March or early April. Sometimes, we find out just in time for our State Tournament. As soon as we know we will post the answer.

Registration, Forms and Sign Ups

You should receive the registration link two or three days after your regional tournament. If you have not received one, please contact the regional director directly.

Required forms will be posted and communicated to teams as they become available.


Please refer to the rules manual for each event.

Scores and Results

All scores are kept private throughout the day. Absolutely no posting of times/scores/etc. will take place at the Regional or the State Tournament.

Each team’s head coach will be provided one copy of the final scores following the awards ceremony.

Trial Events

Any student from your school may compete in a pilot or trial event. That means official competitors, observers, and alternates may compete. The maximum number of competitors per school can be found in the official rules for each trial event.

Yes, we are prepared for every team to participate in every trial competition.


Emergency Contact Information

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL (219) 989-2222

To report emergencies: From a University phone, dial 2222 to reach Campus Police, Fire, or Ambulance. For non-emergencies, dial (219) 989-2222. There are more than 40 Emergency Telephones (aka blue lights) throughout campus that connect directly to the Purdue Northwest Police Department (PNWPD). If you feel threatened or need help, push the button and you will be connected immediately.

  • Emergency Room Location: Community Hospital Munster 901 Macarthur Blvd, Munster, IN 46321
  • Tournament Headquarters: GYTE 181
  • Arbitration: GYTE 181
  • Scoring: GYTE 181
Regional Tournament Director
Vanessa Quinn

Vanessa S. Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences

Vanessa Quinn teaches upper division courses and non-major courses in the department of Biological Sciences.

(219) 785-5457