2018 U.S. Physics Team Wins Three Gold and Two Silver Medals
L-R: Gopal Goel,Daniel Zhu, Michele Song, YuQing Xie, Anthony Ou
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College Park, MD, July 28, 2018—The United States Physics Team ranked seventh place out of 88 countries in the overall medal count and sixth in the aggregate point count at the 48th International Physics Olympiad that was held July 21–29, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. 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. China got five gold medals. Korea, Singapore, India, Russia, Taiwan got four gold and one silver medal. The participants representing the 2018 U.S. Physics Team were:
Daniel Zhu was fifth overall, and had the second highest score on the theory exam. Both Daniel Zhu and Yuqing received a perfect score on one of the three theory problems.
The U.S. Team was led by Paul Stanley of Beloit College, JiaJia Dong of Bucknell University, and Mark Eichenlaub of the University of Maryland.
"AAPT congratulates these exceptional student scholars. Their exceptional achievements in this international competition are a reflection of the work of their coaches, the entire 2018 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: The U.S. Physics Olympiad Program was started in 1986 by AAPT to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. It continues to be supported as a joint initiative between AAPT and following societies and associations:
Acoustical Society of America
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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