This year, VU Heritage Foundation (VHF) has awarded 2,500, 2,200 and 2,000 USD scholarships to three young people who have achieved three golden medals at the 45th International Physics Olympiad taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan from July 13 to 21, 2014. The awards went to Do Thi Bich Hue, Vu Thanh Trung Nam and Cao Ngoc Thai, respectively.


Cao Ngoc Thai (2nd from left),
Do Thi Bich Hue (middle),
Vu Thanh Trung Nam (2nd from right)

The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual physics competition for high school students. It is one of the most prestigious International Scientific Olympiads. The first IPhO was held in Warsaw, Poland in 1967.

Each national delegation is made up of at most five competing students plus two leaders, selected on a national level. Observers may also accompany a national team. The students compete as individuals, and must be tested for intensive theoretical and laboratory examinations. For their efforts the students can be awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals or an honorable prize.


The five competitors: Dao Phuong Khoi (2nd from left), Cao Ngoc Thai (3rd from left), Do Thi Bich Hue (middle), Vu Thanh Trung Nam (3rd from right), and Pham Nguyen Tuan Anh (2nd from right) and two leaders

The theoretical examination lasts 5 hours and consists of three questions. Usually these questions involve more than one part. The practical examination may consist of one laboratory examination of five hours, or two exams, which together take up the full five hours.

This year the Vietnamese team is awarded the highest achievement all our students at the International Physics Olympiads.

As mentioned above, the three gold medalists to receive the awards are Cao Ngoc Thai, a 12th grader from Pham Boi Chau high school in central Nghe An province; Do Thi Bich Hue, a 12th grader from the high school under the Hanoi-based University of Natural Science (National University); and Vu Thanh Trung Nam, a 11th grader from Hanoi – Amsterdam high school.

Moreover, two silver medals went to Dao Phuong Khoi, a 12th grader from a high school under the Hanoi-based University of Natural Science; and Pham Nguyen Tuan Anh, a 12th grader from a high school under the HCM City-based National University.


The Vietnamese team consists of 5 competing students, 2 leaders, and 5 observers

Note:The International Physics Olympiad for this year’s competition drew 383 candidates from 84 countries and world territories. Vietnam is among a top select group of six countries achieving three gold medals.



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