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U.S. Physics Team Wins Gold and Silver Medals at International Competition
College Park, Maryland, United States, July 23, 2007
The U.S. Physics Team has returned home triumphant today, having garnered a total of five medals; one by each of the team members.
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) today announced that the students chosen to represent the United States at the 2007 International Physics Olympiad in Isfahan, Iran, earned two gold and three silver medals.
The 2007 U.S. Physics Team members are:
"We're proud of our team members and so glad they had the chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Hakim. "We are certainly cognizant of our challenges to attract and prepare physics students to sustain our leadership in the science, but these students do give us hope.” He added, “This global event goes beyond just physics. By being in the beautiful, green, and history-rich city of Isfahan and by interacting with its friendly and hospitable people, we have all affirmed our belief that the commonality of people and universality of physics trump differences in language, dress code, practices, and political rhetoric.”
Each winter, more than 200 of the nation’s top-scoring high school students advance to the semifinals for the national team. Based on the results of 10 theoretical exams and 5 lab exams, as well as students’ school transcripts and letters of recommendation, the 24 members of the U.S. Physics Team are chosen in early May. Later in the month, team members travel to the University of Maryland-College Park for nine days of intense studying, testing, and problem solving at the annual U.S. Physics Team Training Camp. The five students who make up the national Traveling Team are chosen at the close of camp. Three additional days of intense laboratory work follow before the students leave for the International Olympiad.
“Not only is it challenging to keep satisfying their intellectual curiosity and answering their tough questions,” said Shurtz, “but it is the fact that we keep learning from these students that keeps us going. There is nothing better today than sharing in their success.”
This may be the end of the international competition, but all signs speak of a bright future for these students.
About the Olympiad
Haofei Wei, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He is a senior at Oklahoma School of Science and Math in Oklahoma City and his bio can be found here.
Kenan Diab, Westlake, Ohio. He is a senior at the Hawken School in Gates Mills and his bio can be found here.