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Want to get you or your class started growing crystals?

The crystal growing period begins
October 22, 2017! Be sure to submit your entry form early to get registered and receive your crystal growing material!

The Rules page includes all of the rules you need to know before you begin growing your crystals. It also includes a rubric outlining the judging criteria and the grading scheme.

For tips on growing large single crystals, click on the Crystal Growing tab to view our crystal growing guide, complete with tips and tricks from professional crystallographers Dr. Jason Benedict of the University at Buffalo and Dr. Ilia Guzei of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Be sure to check out our sponsors page for more information on the great people and companies who have made this contest possible.
The United States Crystal Growing Competition is an important scientific outreach activity designed to provide K-12 grade students and teachers a fun, hands-on STEM experience as well as an exciting competition. Materials for crystal growth will be provided on a first come, first served basis. The objective is to grow the biggest and highest quality single crystal.

DOWNLOAD the US Crystal Growing Competition Handbook!

National Prizes:
Students and teachers win individual certificates and cash prizes for the following categories:

Best Overall Crystal (K-8) – 1st prize ($200), 2nd prize ($100), 3rd prize ($50)
Best Quality Crystal (K-8) – 1st prize ($100)
Coolest Crystal (K-8) - 1st prize ($100) **New Prize Category***

Best Overall Crystal (9-12) – 1st prize ($200), 2nd prize ($100), 3rd prize ($50)
Best Quality Crystal (9-12) – 1st prize ($200)
Coolest Crystal (9-12) - 1st prize ($100) **New Prize Category***

Best Teacher’s Crystal – 1st prize ($100)

The best crystals will become part of a permanent display at the Department of Chemistry at the
University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Children participating in the USCGC are invited to submit videos of their experiences to the IUCr competition to have a chance to compete for an extra prize!!!

Who can participate?

All US students or homeschooled youths ages 5-18.
Individuals or teams of up to four students. There is no limit on the number of teams per school
K-12 school teachers.

Questions? Please feel free to contact a Contest Organizer:

National Coordinator:

Jason B. Benedict, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
771 Natural Sciences Complex
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000, USA
Phone: 716-645-4276
jbb6@buffalo.edu (subject line: United States Crystal Growing Competition)

Southeast Regional Coordinator:

Fernando Uribe-Romo, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
251 Physical Sciences Buliding
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
Phone: 407-823-4873
Fernando.UribeRomo@ucf.edu (subject line: United States Crystal Growing Competition)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator:

Karah Knope, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
Phone: 202-687-5937
karah.knope@georgetown.edu (subject line: United States Crystal Growing Competition)

Southwest Regional Coordinator

Michael Nippe, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843
Phone: 979-862-4471
nippe@chem.tamu.edu (subject line: United States Crystal Growing Competition)

Should you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!

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