International Physics Olympiad awaits Perse student
27 Apr 2021
Hyaline Chen (Upper Sixth) has been picked for the UK team to compete in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).
She will be part of a team of five students travelling to Lithuanian capital Vilnius in July to represent the country after being selected from an online training camp over Easter.
An elated Hyaline said: “I’m very honoured to have been chosen, but also very nervous and excited. I’ll need to prepare a lot for the competition, but it’s also a great learning opportunity.”
Hyaline, whose Rouse Award-winning study in cosmology was published in academic journal Research & Reviews: Journal of Pure & Applied Physics, reached the final training camp stage after clinching a Top Gold award in Round 2 of the British Physics Olympiad.
Of the camp, she said: “It didn’t require preparation, but it was very intense. We had lectures on more advanced topics than we would cover in Pre U, such as thermodynamics, advanced mechanics and relativity, before doing a theory test.”
Hyaline is hopeful the UK team will do well at IPhO, where participants they will face a five-hour theory paper and five-hour practical exam.
However, she is just looking forward to the experience, believing it will be good preparation for going to Princeton University, having earned a place to read physics at the Ivy League institution.
She added: “Philosophy led me into physics because I find that the empirical side of philosophy is physics. I’m really interested in deducing laws about nature and how it works.”