2010 US Physics Team

Each year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.




The US top physics students are bringing home 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals from the 41st International Physics Olympiad, held this year from July 17 to 25 in Zagreb, Croatia. Press Release

  • The gold medal winner: Daniel Li, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA.
  • The silver medal winners: Eric Spieglan, a sophomore at Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL and Anand Oza, a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.
  • The bronze medal winners: Jenny Lu, a senior at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT and David Field, of Andover, MA, a senior at the Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, MA.

2010 U.S. Traveling Team Announced

Five students have been selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team as the 2010 Traveling Team at the 41st International Physics Olympiad, a competition among high-school physics students, to be held in Zagreb, Croatia, from July 17 to 25. Press Release and photoWatch the 2010 Camp Slide Show.


Members of Congress Meet with Top U.S. Physics Students

The top 20 physics students in the country met today withtheircongressional representativesand the three members of Congress who are also physicists. Rep. Rush D. Holt (D-12th), Rep. Vern Ehlers, (R-MI-3rd), and Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-14th), were honored by the students for serving as role models for students entering scientific professions. Read the Press Release.


U.S. Physics Team Welcomed to Training Camp
They came from Iowa and Ohio, Oregon and Massachusetts. Five came from California, two from New Jersey, and one from Connecticut. Students from the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest, the Southwest, and the Pacific coast are beginning ten days of rigorous academic training, interactive learning, and friendship building as they prepare to test themselves on the world stage. Read the Press Release.


U.S. Physics Team in the news

Arcadia student trains for international competition
Pasadena Star-News
US Physics Team Trains for Brain-to Brain Competition
Education News.org
West Side Student on US Physics Team
Lafayette (WLFI-TV CBS)
Blair student excels in physics
Prince George's County Gazette
BRIEF Catlin Gabel's Yale Fan joins 2010 U.S. Physics Team

The Oregonian- McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Catlin Gabel's Yale Fan joins 2010 US Physics Team
The Oregonian- OregonLive.com


2010 U.S. Physics Team has been selected!

Meet the team| Press Release


Semi-finalist questionnaire. This questionnaire must be completed by March 18thforsemi-finalisttobe considered for the US Physics Team.


Semi-finalists have been selected!

View list of Semi-Finalists here.

Teachers, view your students F=ma scores here, by entering your AAPT ID.

Teachers will receive the semi-finalist test results by February 26. All other test results will be provided to the teachers by the first week of March. Test results will not be provided directly to students or parents.


Registration is now closed. Students will begin the first round of testing soon. Check back for more details!


Registration for the 2010 Team is now available! See details & how to register