AAPT Names U. S. Physics Team for 2023

AAPT Names U. S. Physics Team for 2023

2023 U. S. Physics Team Announced


College Park, MD, May 22, 2023—After a rigorous search involving two exams, the American Association of Physics Teachers has identified the top contenders as members of the United States Physics Team. They come from California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin. There are high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

These bright emerging physicists will participate in Physics Boot Camp at the University of Maryland in College Park, June 4-14. 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.

The twenty members of the 2023 U.S. Physics Team will prepare for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests they'll face at the 53rd International Physics Olympiad to be held July 10–17 at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, where student scholars from many nations will test their knowledge in physics, competing with the world's best. At the end of Camp, the coaches will identify the five students who will represent the United States in the 53rd International Physics Olympiad.

The members of the 2023 U.S. Physics Team are:
Christopher Chen, BASIS Independent Fremont, CA 
Shuoyan Chen, Troy High School, Fullerton, CA 
Collin Fan, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL 
William Guan, Buchholz High School, Gainesville, FL 
Luke Huang, New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT 
Yehong Jiang, The Nueva School, San Mateo, CA 
Evan Kim, Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA 
Sami Labidi, Andover High School, Andover, KS 
Alexander Li, King High School, Tampa, FL 
Jerry Liu, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA 
Kartik Ramachandrula, Brookfield Central High School, Brookfield, WI 
Atharva Shah, Eastside High School, Taylors, SC 
James Shi, University High School, Irvine, CA 
Zian Shi, Clovis North High School, Fresno, CA 
Kaile Wang, Elite Preparatory Academy, Hopatcong, NJ
Nannette Williams, Stamford Polytechnic, Stamford, CT
Feodor Yevtushenko, University High School, Irvine, CA 
Brian Zhang, Northville High School, Northville, MI 
Sophia Zhang, Pine View School, Sarasota, FL  
Samuel Zhou, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA 

"The competition for a position on the U.S. Physics Team is intense and each student who participated in the 2023 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, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

The coaches for the 2023 U.S. Physics Team are Tengiz Bibilashvili, Academic Director; Abijith Krishnan, and Kevin Zhou, Coaches; Kellan Colburn, Samuel Gebretsadkan, and Natalie LeBaron, 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
ACA: The Structural Science Society
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
AVS: Science &Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
The Society of Rheology

Hosting University:
University of Maryland

Corporate Sponsors:
Cambridge University Press
D.E.Shaw Group & Company

List of Events
June 4 —Physics Team members arrive at the University of Maryland for training camp
June 14 —Camp Closing Ceremony: Five students will be chosen to represent the U.S. Physics Team at the International Physics Olympiad
July 10-17 —International Physics Olympiad (IPHO) hosted by National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan
July 17 —IPHO Closing Ceremony

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.



David Wolfe

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