Perse student wins bronze medal at the International Physics Olympiad
7 Aug 2021
Hyaline Chen (Upper Sixth) has brought home a Bronze medal after competing for the UK in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).
Hyaline said: “Throughout the summer we were given problem sets to do as well as online training sessions, and one week before the actual competition we were able to gather at Churchill College Cambridge, where we stayed for in-person training and the actual exams. The training was definitely very hard but at the same time it was very rewarding, as I learned a lot about physics topics like thermodynamics and special relativity as well as sharpening my problem-solving skills.”
The exams were divided into experimental and theory sections, each lasting for 5 hours, with the perseverance through the long exams being a key component.
Hyaline added: “The competition was hosted by Lithuania this year and although we were not able to go there in person, they hosted events like the opening and closing ceremony, dance and music workshops, as well as virtual tourism events.”
Hyaline, whose Rouse Award-winning study in cosmology was published in academic journal Research & Reviews: Journal of Pure & Applied Physics, reached the final stage after clinching a Top Gold award in Round 2 of the British Physics Olympiad.
Hyaline has been offered a place to read physics at the prestigious Ivy League Princeton University in the USA.