McGill Physics Olympiad Program (MPOP)

What is MPOP?

The “McGill Physics Olympiad Program (MPOP)” is a student-run initiative which aims to prepare high school and CEGEP students in the Montreal area for prestigious competitions such as the: Sir Isaac Newton (SIN) exam, Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) exam, Canadian Physics Oympiad (CPO), and the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO).

How does it work?

We hold training sessions approximately once a week and last around two to three hours on the McGill campus. Sessions cover special topics in physics found in Olympiads and problem-solving strategies. For homework, participants are assigned challenging problems, some of which will be taken up in the next lecture; solving the problems is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Who should sign-up?

The type of person who should sign-up for this program is a high-school or CEGEP student who is passionate about physics, loves to solve puzzles and would like to be challenged beyond the standard expectations. Although we give these sessions in English, the Olympiads can be written in either French or English. We encourage individuals who are female and/or from underrepresented groups to sign-up!

It could also be advantageous if participating students have some familiarity with more advanced physics concepts and calculus, but this is not required. Moreover, exceptional performance within these contests are well recognized within top universities in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere.

How to join?

Start by filling out our registration form found on our Facebook page to keep up to date. We will contact you shortly after filling out the registration. Note that if demand is too high, there may be a selection process on a first come first served basis.

How much does it cost?

MPOP is free of charge! If you’re a passionate CEGEP or high-school student and would like to learn more than what’s taught in your physics classes, then you are more than welcome to join us! We are also planning on providing food during the session thanks to the McGill Physics Department’s generous donation.

Who is running the program?

MPOP is entirely student run! We started it after having met at the Canadian Physics Olympiad of 2016 in Vancouver. Our goal is sharing our passion for physics while providing guidance and an environment which we both would have benefited from when preparing for the Olympiads.

Abtin Ameri is a Honours Mechanical Engineering student from Toronto at McGill minoring in Physics (class of 2020). He scored fifth on the 2016 CAP Exam, giving him the opportunity to compete in the Canadian Physics Olympiad in Vancouver. Abtin believes in the importance of MPOP as it gives an additional boost to students who are preparing for prestigious physics competitions. It also gives the students an opportunity to meet other like-minded people who share the same passion as them.

Vincent Van Duong is a Honours Mathematics and Physics major (class of 2020) at McGill and completed CEGEP in Montreal. Vincent received the highest score in Quebec and scored ninth on the 2016 CAP Exam. He was also invited to the national finals at the University of British Columbia for the CPO. As Vincent is from Montreal originally, he supports this initiative because Quebec students are often underrepresented at Canadian physics Olympiads and hopes to help make this change.

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