Meriden student to represent Australia at International Physics Olympiad

9 July 2018

Meriden student, Alicia Lieng, will join seventeen of Australia’s brightest student biologists, chemists, physicists and earth scientists to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in July and August 2018. They will compete in the world’s toughest science competitions against some of the smartest students in the world.

Alicia will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, to particiate in the International Physics Olympiad which will take place from 21 to 29 July. At 16 years of age, Alicia is the youngest competitor on the International Physics Olympiad team and has outperformed thousands of older talented students in selection exams and training. Alicia said, “I am passionate about physics and forever grateful to my Science teacher for encouraging me to sit the Australian Science Olympiads exams because it has opened up for me so many fantastic opportunities.”

The selection process for the 2018 Olympiads has been intensive. In the qualifying exams held last year, Alicia was selected from more than 6,000 other students, for the shortlist of 91 students to attend a two-week summer school at the Australian National University in preparation for the Olympiads. Her performance at the summer school gained her a place on the Australian team of eight students to compete at the Asian Physics Olympiad in Vietnam in May this year. Her success at the Asian Physics Olympiad led to Alicia's inclusion as one of the final five students for the Australian team for the International Physics Olympiad.

Alicia said, “The entire experience has been amazing. It has challenged me to increase my knowledge and skills and I have got so much out of it. It has given me a taste of what is beyond school and how what we learn is applied to real word situations. I would certainly recommend it to those students who have a real passion for science.”