Physics Chair Mary Mogge Trains U.S. Physics Team Before International Competition


Physics Chair Mary Mogge Trains U.S. Physics Team Before International Competition
Mary Mogge, physics chair, will escort students to the 34th International Physics Olympiad Competition in Taipei, Taiwan.

The United States Physics Team, consisting of five high school Newtons-in-training, were at Cal Poly Pomona from July 28-30 to prepare for the upcoming 34th International Physics Olympiad Competition in Taipei, Taiwan, from Aug. 2-11.

The students worked under the guidance of academic director Mary Mogge, physics chair at Cal Poly Pomona, and other coaches. Mogge has coached the team since 1996.

“It?s very rewarding working with these students,” says Mogge, who is escorting the students to the competition. “They really keep us busy and challenge us as coaches because they?re so bright. It?s people like these who will go on to do great things like win Nobel prizes and find cures to illnesses.”

While at the univeristy, the physics team worked in labs as they prepared for the intense nine-day international competition among pre-university students from more than 60 nations. The United States physics team was chosen from the 1,400 best high school physics scholars in the nation.