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2018 U.S. Physics Team Prepares for Portugal

Twenty of the top high school physics students from around the nation came together to train to be a part of the U.S. team traveling to the 2018 International Physics Olympiad.

June 11, 2018 | Leah Poffenberger

The 2018 United States Physics Team celebrated the end of this year’s team training camp with closing ceremonies on June 6 in College Park, Maryland, and an announcement of the five team members who will be representing the United States at the International Physics Olympiad.


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Ashauni Lennox/AIP

The U.S. Physics Team at the closing ceremonies for the training camp on June 6, 2018.


Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), APS, the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and several of its other member societies sponsor this event that brings the nation’s 20 top high school physics students together for a ten-day physics training camp that is equal parts strenuous and rewarding.

After more than a week of intense studying, testing, and problem solving, five students were selected to be a part of the “Traveling Team” representing the United States at the 49th International Physics Olympiad in Lisbon, Portugal in July. This year’s traveling team is: Daniel Zhu, Michelle Song, Gopal Goel, YuQing Xie, and Anthony Ou.

“These are 20 of the most impressive, creative, enthusiastic students of physics you will ever meet,” said Paul Stanley, who is stepping down as Academic Director after 16 years with the team. “Any five could go to the Olympiad to represent the entire U.S.”

To learn more about the U.S. Physics Team, visit AAPT's website. More information about the International Physics Olympiad is available on the IPhO 2018 web page.

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Ashauni Lennox/AIP

The U.S. Physics Team selected five members to travel to Portugal for the 2018 International Physics Olympiad. L-R: YuQing Xie, Gopal Goel, Michelle Song, Daniel Zhu, and Anthony Ou.

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