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Semifinalists Announced for the 2013 US Physics Team


For more information, please contact:
Marilyn Gardner, American Association of Physics Teachers
(301) 209-3306 (office)

College Park, Maryland, United States, March 1, 2013 —The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has announced the top students chosen to advance to the Semifinal round of U.S. Physics Team selection.  Approximately 4,435 students participated in this first phase of the selection process, the Fnet=ma Exam, in January.  There were 406 students with a score of 12.25 or higher to qualify as Semifinalists, together with their physics teachers are listed on the web through a link at http://www.aapt.org/physicsteam/2013/index.cfm. The Semifinal exam will be be given between March 4-22, 2013 and the 2013 Physics Team will be announced at the end of April.

About the International Physics Olympiad:  AAPT began the program in 1986 to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. The International Physics Olympiad (IPHO) is a nine-day competition among pre-university students from more than 80 nations. The 2013 Olympiad will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from July 7-15.

U.S. Physics Team Selection:  AAPT is responsible for recruiting, selecting and training the U.S. Physics Team each year to compete in the IPHO Competition. This selection process begins in early January when high schools register their students to participate in the Fnet=ma exam. Top scorers on this first test advance to the Semifinal round of competition.

A second exam is used as the basis for selection of the 20 members of the U.S. Physics Team.  In May these students will travel from schools all over the United States, to the University of Maryland-College Park for the U.S. Physics Team Training Camp. There, they engage in nine days of intense studying, mystery lab, daily exams, and problem solving.

At the end of that training camp, five students and an alternate will be selected as the "Traveling Team" to represent the United States at the IPhO. In July, the Traveling Team and their coaches will attend a three day Mini Camp of intense laboratory work before moving on to the IPhO.

Funding for the U.S. Physics Team is supported through 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.

The US Physics Olympiad Program is a joint initiative of AAPT in partnership with the member societies of the American Institute for Physics (AIP): Acoustical Society of America, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American Astronomical Society, American Crystallographic Society, American Geophysical Union, American Physical Society, AVS, Optical Society America, and the Society of Rheology.

About AAPT: AAPT (www.aapt.org) is the premier national organization and authority on physics and physical science education —with members worldwide. Our mission is to advance the greater good through physics teaching. To this end, AAPT provides our members with numerous opportunities for professional development, communication, and student enrichment. We serve the larger community through a variety of programs and publications. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.