Around three hundred students from forty-eight countries competed in the 14th International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad organized by Colombia, from November 14th through 21st. This Olympiad had a hybrid format, with the team traveling to Boston and being supervised by the USAAAO volunteers. The American team achieved an amazing result with ten medals (4 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze).
William Huang – gold medal
Alexander Hu – gold medal
Erez Israeli Miller – silver medal
Abhay Narasima Bestrapalli – silver medal
Harsh Deep – silver medal
Geoffrey Wu – gold medal
Justin Chen – silver medal
Joshua Jones – silver medal
Aarush Gupta – gold medal
Orion Foo –bronze medal
Team Leaders: Evan Tey (MIT) and Katarine Emanuela Klitzke (Georgia Tech)
Training was conducted by volunteer mentors through video calls with the team members.
The USA team was selected by volunteer members of the USAAAO (USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Organization) based on candidates’ results in a selection exam. The next IOAA will take place in Ukraine* in August 2021.
The USAAAO team is extremely grateful to the “The Masson Family Fund” for their generosity. Because of the support of the Mason Family, USAAAO could cover the team’s travel, accommodation and food expenses. We’re also thankful for the collaboration with the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), and to law firm Prince Lobel for legal representation.
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*Depending on the travel restrictions, modality of the IOAA might be different.