2017 U.S. Physics Team Shines with Three Gold and Two Silver Medals
L-R: Jimmy Qin, Sanjay Raman, Michele Song, Shreyas Balaji, Kye Shi
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College Park, MD, July 24, 2017—The United States Physics Team ranked eighth place out of 88 countries at the 48th International Physics Olympiad that was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, July 16-24, 2017. Themed, "Joyful Camaraderie Beyond the Speed of Light!," the nine day competition among the world's top high school physics students consisted of an Experimental Exam and a Theoretical Exam. The team also experienced several cultural outgoings and visits that included tours of the Indonesian Air Force Museum, Borobudur Temple and Malioboro Street, Tembi Village and Kotagede Silver Craft, and Monumen Uogya Kembali and Merapi Museum.
Several counties won five gold in this difficult exam contest: China, Korea, Russia, and Singapore. Countries winning four gold and one silver medal were Vietnam, Romania, and India. The participants representing the 2017 U.S. Physics Team were:
Shreyas Balaji, John Foster Dulles High School Sugar Land, TX, Gold
The U.S. Team was led by Paul Stanley of Beloit College, JiaJia Dong of Bucknell University, and David Fallest of Mary Washington University."AAPT congratulates these exceptional student scholars. Their exceptional achievements in this international competition are a reflection of the work of their coaches, the entire 2017 Physics Team, the support of their families, and the best of physics education," said Dr. Beth A. Cunningham, Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Funding and Sponsorship
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Funding for the U.S. Physics Team also depends on donations from concerned individuals and organizations. Contributions are entirely used to support the selection, training, and travel of the team. Donations to the U.S. Physics Team are accepted at www.aapt.org/physicsteam/donate.cfm.
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