2016 U.S. Physics Team Scores Two Gold and Three Silver Medals
L-R: Vincent Liu - Silver, Jimmy Qin - Silver, Abijith Krishnan - Gold, Srijon Mukherjee - Silver, Jason Lu - Gold
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College Park, MD, July 17, 2016—The United States Physics Team ranked fifth place in the point count and seventh place in the medal count at the 47th International Physics Olympiad that was held in Zürich, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, July 10-18, 2016. The nine day competition among the world's top high school physics students consisted of three theory questions on mechanics, nonlinear circuits, and subatomic particle detection and two experimental questions which dealt with a four point resistance measurement of thin films and bifurcation behavior of excited poppy seeds. The team also experienced several cultural outgoings and visits that included tours of CERN, Liechtenstein, the Paul Scherer Institute, Mount Rigi in Lucerne, and the Zurich waterworks.
China, Taiwan, and Korea each received five gold medals; Russia four; India and
Japan three. USA, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Romania got two gold medals. A
number of countries got one. The top scoring female was from Vietnam, the same female who scored top last year, Thao Thi Huong Dinh.
The participants representing the 2016 U.S. Physics Team were:
The U.S. Team was led by Paul Stanley of Beloit College and David Fallest of North Carolina State University.
The United States team trains for ten days at the University of Maryland in late May. This year the five U.S. competitors traveled to Latvia in late June to train with the Latvian Physics Olympiad team.
"AAPT is proud to lead the selection process that identifies such exceptional student scholars. Their outstanding performance in this international competition is a reflection of the work of their coaches, the entire 2016 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.
U.S. Physics Team Selection
Funding and Sponsorship
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society American Crystallographic Association
American Meteorological Society
American Institute for Physics
American Physical Society
AVS: Science &Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
Optical Society of America
The Society of Rheology
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/2016/donations.cfm.
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The Science Olympiads have their roots in Central European school competitions. Once UNESCO and several other pioneers became involved, the number of participants and professions represented in the fields of science increased. The first International Physics Olympiad was held in 1967. AAPT began the program in 1986 to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. The International Physics Olympiad (IPHO) is a nine-day competition among pre-university students from more than 90 nations. The 2016 Olympiad was held in Zürich, Switzerland in conjunction with Liechtenstein July 10-18, 2016.