International Theoretical Physics Olympiad for Undergraduate Students 2019

The ITPO is a competition designed by PhD students and Postdocs for undergraduate students interested in research in theoretical physics. In a zeroth-order approximation, the purpose of this Olympiad is […]

The ITPO is a competition designed by PhD students and Postdocs for undergraduate students interested in research in theoretical physics. In a zeroth-order approximation, the purpose of this Olympiad is to play with non-trivial questions and to learn through competition. To a first-order approximation, the goal is to find people interested in theoretical science and to help students gain experience with modern research skills. The deadline is on January 24, 2019.

The Olympiad will consist of 6 or 7 problems on different topics of modern theoretical physics, of varying difficulty. Problems from prior years should be good practice, but there is no straightforward way to prepare for this competition.

Being able to work fluidly with sources is an extremely important part of research, so we permit the use of external references throughout the Olympiad, provided that they are cited appropriately.

The only requirement is that participants be undergraduates.

Organisers hope to attract students who are interested in physics, from universities all around the world. Students may have different backgrounds, so collaboration between undergraduates of all years of study is encouraged.

Competition will take place for 24 hours between January 25th and 26th, starting at 10:00am EST. Participants will need to form teams of at most 5 people and register online. All team members must be undergraduate students at the time of the contest. Registration is open now and will close on January 24th, 2019 at 05:00pm EST. Teams will upload solutions to their individual webpages. Winners will be recognized appropriately after the competition.

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