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Johnny Li Named CA State Science Fair Student of the Year and Qualifies for 2011 U.S. Physics Team

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Last week, the American Association of Physics Teachers announced that senior Johnny Li has qualified to compete in the International Physics Olympiad as a member of the U.S. Physics Team. This is Johnny’s second year qualifying for the U.S. Physics Team.

Last January, approximately 3,600 students participated in the Fnet=ma exam for a chance to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Physics Team. Out of the 3,600 students, 20 qualified for the team. These students are in the process of training for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests that they will face at the 42nd International Physics Olympiad held July 10 – 18, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand where more than 400 student scholars from 90 nations will test their knowledge in physics. The training camp is a crash course in the first two years of university physics and an opportunity for students to hear about cutting edge research from some of the community’s leading physicists. Over the past ten years, every U.S. Physics Team member traveling to the international competition has returned with a medal.

Additionally, Johnny has been named California State Science Fair Student of the Year and was presented with a $1,000 cash prize at the 2011 California State Science Fair on May 3 at the California Science Center. This year’s fair drew 1,000 students from 32 regions/counties statewide, with finalists selected by a volunteer pool of more than 300 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education.

Johnny’s project entry was titled “Effects of Cell Compressibility, Motility, and Contact Inhibition on the Growth of Tumor Cell Clusters.” This award is presented to the high school senior who, in the opinion of the judges, best exemplifies the qualities necessary for success in science.

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