2018 U.S. Physics Team Wins Three Gold and Two Silver Medals

2018 physics team - 3 gold, 2 silver

L-R: Gopal Goel,Daniel Zhu, Michele Song, YuQing Xie, Anthony Ou

Contact: David Wolfe
E-mail: dwolfe@aapt.org


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 49th 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. 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:

Gopal K. Goel, Krishna Home School, Portland, OR. Gold medal
Anthony C. Ou, Carmel High School, Carmel, IN. Silver medal
Michelle C. Song, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA. Silver medal
YuQing Xie, The Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, DE. Gold medal
Daniel G. Zhu, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD. Gold medal

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
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
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

Hosting University:
University of Maryland

Corporate Sponsors:
Beloit College
Cambridge University Press
D.E.Shaw Group & Company
Ellington Management Group
Geppetto Catering
J Burke Catering
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Pearson Education
Princeton University Press

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.

Main website of the U.S. Physics Team: http://aapt.org/physicsteam/2018/team.cfm
History of the physics team, including past winners: http://aapt.org/physicsteam/2018/program.cfm
49th International Physics Olympiad: http://ipho-unofficial.org/

AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. Founded in 1930, the Association is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.