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AAPT Announces the 2016 U.S. Physics Team

David Wolfe, Director of Communications
E-mail: dwolfe@aapt.org
Phone: (301) 209-3327


College Park, MD, May 23, 2016—America's brightest emerging physicists will arrive at Physics Boot Camp this week. They come from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland,  New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,  New Jersey,  Texas, Virginia, and Washington. There are high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Four of them are returning as second time members of the United States Physics Team.

They will arrive in College Park, later this week to prepare for the next stage of the competition that will identify the world's best high school physics students. Twenty three students have emerged, through a rigorous exam process that began last January with approximately 4,800 students who participated in the Fnet=ma exam, to become the 2016 U.S. Physics Team. 

These students will continue to train for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests they'll face at the 47th International Physics Olympiad to be held from July 11 –17, 2016 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, where student scholars from nations around the globe will test their knowledge in physics, competing with the world's best. Over the past ten years, every U.S. Physics Team member traveling to the international competition has returned with a medal.

The members of the 2016 U.S. Physics Team are:
Shreyas Balaji, John Foster Dulles High School, Sugar Land, Texas
Mike Bao, Troy High School, Fullerton, California
Jonathan Huang, University High School, Irvine, California
Tiffany Huang, Saratoga High School, Saratoga, California
Parker Huntington, Centerville High School, Centerville, Ohio
Abijith Krishnan, BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
Cynthia Liu, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland
Vincent Liu, State College Area High School, State College, Pennsylvania
Daniel Longenecker, Homeschool/Kuwait, Rising Sun, Maryland
Jason Lu, Adlai Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Jawahar Madan, Interlake High School, Bellevue, Washington
Srijon Mukherjee, Amity International School, Noida, UP
Jimmy Qin, Seminole High School, Sanford, Florida
Milan Roberson, Bayard Rustin High School, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Alec Sun, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Brian Tseng, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California
Yogeshwar Velingker, Parkland School District, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Charles Wang, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
Sarah Wu, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina
Jason Ye, University High School, Irvine, California
Jennifer Yu, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California
Leo Zhao, Princeton High School, Princeton, New Jersey
Daniel Zhu, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Maryland

"The competition for a position on the U.S. Physics Team is intense and each student who participated in the 2016 selection process is deserving of recognition. They are the future of America's success in physics related fields. AAPT is honored to recognize the exceptional scholars who qualified for the team and to support their further participation in the International Physics Olympiad," said Dr. Beth A. Cunningham, Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

An integral part of the U.S. Physics Team experience is the training camp. Most of the students invited to the camp are the top science student in their high school. For many, it is their first chance to meet other students who are truly their peers. The training camp is a crash course in the first two years of university physics. Students learn at a very fast pace. They have an opportunity to hear about cutting edge research from some of the community's leading physicists. At the end of the training camp, five students will be selected to travel to Switzerland and Liechtenstein for the international competition.

The coaches for the 2016 U.S. Physics team are: Paul Stanley, Academic Director; David Fallest, Senior Coach; Eugen Hruska and Mikhail Kagan, Coaches; and Mark Eichenlaub, Chrisy Xiyu Du and Kevin Zhou, Junior Coaches.

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 Universities:
George Washington University
University of Maryland

Corporate Sponsors:
Beloit College
Cambridge University Press
D.E.Shaw Group & Company
Ellington Management Group
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Macmillan Higher Education
Pearson Education
Ansatz Capital
Princeton University Press

May 26 — 2016 Physics Team members arrive at the University of Maryland for their intensive training camp
May 27-28 — 30th Anniversity of the U.S. Physics Team Celebration
June 6 — Five students will be chosen to represent the U.S. Physics Team at the international competition
July 11-17 — International Physics Olympiad in Switzerland & Liechtenstein


Main website of the U.S. Physics Team: http://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2016/
History of the physics team, including past winners: http://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2016/program.cfm
47th International Physics Olympiad: http://www.ipho2016.org/?lan=en


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.