Two Vietnamese students won silver medals at the second World Physics Olympiad (WoPhO) held at the Hotel Aryaduta Lippo Village, Tangerang, Indonesia from December 28, 2012 to January 3rd, 2013.
Participants in the WoPhO came from sixteen countries including Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Estonia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Vietnam.
The WoPhO has been held annually since 2011 for students aged under 20 until June 30 and those who have not entered university until June 30.
Both Long and Hai won earlier gold medals at the 43rd International Physics Olympiad held between July 15 and 24 last year in Estonia.
The Southeast Asian nation sent four contestants to the 2012 WoPhO, which was meant for students under 20.
Siyuan Wei from China won the competition and was awarded with US$15,000.
First held in Indonesia in 2011, the annual competition includes three rounds: Selection Round, Discussion Round, and Final Round.
The first round runs from February 1 to July 31 each year over the Internet. Contestants will solve ten theoretical problems, presented in English and the native language of the host country, which are designed to encourage them to study high-level physics.
Discussions, in English, will follow this round between August 1 and December 27, in which participants will discuss solutions to the ten theoretical problems.
The final round is held from December 28 to January 3 in each edition, and has three theoretical problems and two experimental tests, prepared in English, Russian, Chinese, and the native language of the host country.
The winner will be granted $20,000, but that amount will be cut to $15,000 if he/she used to win a gold medal at the Asian Physics Olympiad or International Physics Olympiad.
Source Tuoi Tre and Vietnamnet