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U.S. Physics Team Members Traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel for the 2019 International Physics Olympiad


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June 7, 2019, College Park, MD — Five students have been selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team as the 2019 Traveling Team at the 50th International Physics Olympiad, a competition among high-school physics students, to be held July 7 –15, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. They will be accompanied by coaches JiaJia Dong and Mark Eichenlaub.

The Traveling Team members are:

"You all worked hard to get here and you made it. Please help bring more students into your circle." said Academic Director, JiaJia Dong, about the twenty member team. "The entire team is great, but these five will represent the U.S. at the International Physics Olympiad competition."

The students attended a rigorous training camp at the University of Maryland, where, they had the opportunity to improve their laboratory and problem solving skills, hear special lectures by prominent physicists, and interact with other exceptional physics students from all over the United States. The training camp experience is immensely valuable for the students. The instruction provides an introduction to university style teaching and equipment. Students become familiar with aspects of first year university curricula in physics which in turn accelerates their studies during their remaining time in high school.

The coaches for the 2019 U.S. Physics team are: JiaJia Dong, Academic Director; Mark Eichenlaub, Senior Coach; Abijith Krishnan and Kye Shi, Junior Coaches; Brian, Skinner and Kevin Zhou, Coaches.

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 AIP. The nine-day International Physics Olympiad brings together pre-university students from more than 70 nations.

The U.S. Physics Team is sponsored by the generous support of private donors, the American Institute for Physics and the member societies of the American Institute of Physics:

Acoustical Society of America
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

Hosting University:

University of Maryland

Corporate Sponsors:

Art of Problem Solving
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


About AAPT
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 at College Park, Maryland.