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.

Follow the 2011 Team and see the photos on the  Physics Team Blog




The traveling members of the US Physics Team were awarded two gold and three silver medals during the Closing Ceremonies of the 42nd International Physics Olympiad.

Gold medals were earned by Ante QU and Brian Zhang.  Silver medals were earned by Lucy Chen, Andrew Das Sarma, and Eric Speiglan.  Congratulations to the travelers and their coaches.  Read more.


The US Physics Team is in Thailand at the International Physics Olympiad. The IPhO2011 Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be streamed live on the official website. Watch these events:

Opening Ceremony: Monday 11 July 2011 at 10.00 hrs local time (GMT+7) which is Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 11:00:00 PM (EDT).

Closing Ceremony: Sunday 17 July 2011 at 17.00 hrs local time (GMT+7) which is Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 6:00:00 AM (EDT).


The 2011 US Physics Team Travelers were announced as training camp came to an end.  The team members who will represent the team in Bangkok, Thailand at the 42nd International Physics Olympiad are Lucy Chen, Andrew Das Sarma, Ante Qu, Eric Spieglan, and Brian Zhang with coaches Paul Stanley and Warren Turner. Read the press release.


The 2011 U.S. Physics Team Welcomed to College Park for International Training Camp.  Read the press release.


The 2011 US Physics Team has been selected.  Meet the team members.  Read the press release.


Click here for Semi-finalists questionnaire.  This questionnaire must be completed by March 21st for a semi-finalist to be considered for the US Physics Team.


Semi-finalists have been selected!

View list of Semi-Finalists here.