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Last Update: May 25, 2018
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Winners of the 2018 University of Saskatchewan High School Physics Scholarship Competition

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 University of Saskatchewan High School Physics Competition.

28 High School students from 8 different high schools across the Province of Saskatchewan wrote a 90 minute examination on May 9, 2018. The competition is based on the Physics content in the Saskatchewan High School Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 curricula, and is composed by members of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the University of Saskatchewan.

The standard of students entering this year’s competition was once again very high. This is indicative of the quality of science instruction in Saskatchewan Schools and of the dedication of students who challenge themselves by entering competitions such as this.

First prize goes to:
Yunfei Wen
of Saskatoon who attends Walter Murray Collegiate.

Second prize
goes to:
Mykyta Shvets
of Saskatoon who attends, Bishop James Mahoney High School.

Third prize
goes to:
Ligyi Mu
of Saskatoon who attends Evan Hardy Collegiate,

The winners will receive scholarships of $250 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $100 for third prize. The scholarships are awarded if the students enrol in any Physics, Engineering Physics or Astronomy class at the University of Saskatchewan any time in the next two years.

For their excellent performances, Honourable Mentions go to (in alphabetical order):
Noah Hermanson, Saskatoon, Bishop James Mahoney High School,
Taegen Isaac, North Battleford, North Battleford Comprehensive High School,
Mingrui Jai, Saskatoon, Centennial Collegiate,
Taylor Keller, Saskatoon, Holy Cross High School,
Quigjun Lin, Saskatoon, Evan Hardy Collegiate,
Arthur Nemetz, Saskatoon, Bishop James Mahoney High School.

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics extends congratulations to all these students, our Saskatchewan Scientists, Engineers and Professionals of the future. Thanks go as well to the teachers who make it possible for their students to learn and compete.


A copy of this year's exam is available here.
For your information the questions that students did most well were questions 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 16, and24; while the questions that students had the most difficulty with were questions 8, 9,  17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25 and 28.


Winners of the 2018 CAP High School Prize Examination

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics is pleased to announce the winners of the Saskatchewan division of the 2018 Canadian Association of Physicists High School Prize Examination.

First Prize of $250 goes to Yunfei Wen of Saskatoon who attends Walter Murray Collegiate.

Equal Second prize of $125 goes to Taylor Keller, Saskatoon who attends Holy Cross High School,

Equal Second prize of $125 goes to Quigjun Lin, Saskatoon who attends Evan Hardy Collegiate,

A copy of the 2018 exam is available here: The 2018 CAP Exam

National Winners will be announced on the CAP website.

Announcing 2018 CAP High School Prize Examination and the University of Saskatchewan High School Physics Competition

Announcement Poster
(Please feel free to print and display at your school.)


2018 CAP High School Prize Examination

This is to announce the upcoming annual Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) High School Prize Examination for senior high school physics students. The exam is to be held on the morning of Wednesday April 11, 2018 This prize examination has been created by a Canada-wide national committee.

The CAP High School Exam is based upon an internationally recognized syllabus, the I.B. Physics Higher Core Curriculum. Only sections of the syllabus covering mechanics, Optics and Electricity and Magnetism (plus some elementary thermodynamics) are examined by the CAP Exam. Since all provinces in Canada have different curricula and the level of physics taught varies widely, the exam uses a broad-based core curriculum which is widely recognized and used throughout the world. Students from across the country will write the same examination.

The results of the Exam will be used by the National Physics Olympiad organization in their search for potential members of the Canadian team, which will go to the 49th International Physics Olympiad, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 21st - 29th July, 2018. The top three students overall will receive automatic invitations to attend the 2018 National Physics Olympiad Finals.


2018 University of Saskatchewan High School Physics Competition

The Annual University of Saskatchewan High School Physics competition is to be held on the morning of
Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Prizes are scholarships that will be paid to students who enroll in any University of Saskatchewan first year Physics, Engineering Physics or Astronomy course. The Physics Competition has been created by professors at the University of Saskatchewan and will follow the Saskatchewan High School Physics Curriculum (Physical Science 20 and Physics 30). We expect that this test will be significantly more accessible to Saskatchewan High School Physics Students than the CAP High School Prize Exam.
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This web site is under development. We hope that over time it will become a valuable resource for Saskatchewan high school physics teachers and students. Your comments and suggestions would be most welcome. Please send them to Dr. Rob Pywell, E-mail: rob.pywell@usask.ca