The 2016 Princeton University Physics Competition will take place in November 2016. Registration will open in September or sooner. If you would like to be notified by email when registration opens, please fill out this form.

Update: The PUPC has established two international chapters, one in China and one in Germany. For details, please proceed here.

The second annual Princeton University Physics Competition took place in November 2015. The international competition aims to provide high school students with a venue to exhibit their skills in solving non-ordinary physics problems, learn new concepts from present-day areas of physics undergoing groundbreaking research, while at the same time competing for awards.

Results, problems, and solutions for the PUPC 2015 Onsite Test held in three countries on Saturday, November 21 are available here.

The PUPC 2015 Online Part has concluded; the assignment is archived here. Judging took place in December 2015, and results have been published here. All teams may continue checking our Piazza page and Facebook page for further announcements on delivery of medals.

The PUPC consists of two separate events: the individual-based Onsite Test, a written exam taken by contestants at Princeton University's Department of Physics and (starting in 2015) at international chapters, and the team-based Online Part, released to registered participants through e-mail and given one week to complete. The Online Part took place November 9—15, 2015. The Onsite Test was held on November 21, 2015.

Competition structure with guidelines and the inaugural year's (2014) problems can be viewed here, and detailed competition rules for PUPC 2015 may be read here. Interested competitors may register for either or both events, which have separate registration forms.

The PUPC is officially supported by both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. The competition is organized and run entirely by undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Princeton Society of Physics Students. The broad strategy is developed collegially by members of the PUPC Permanent Board, consisting of core organizers of the first year's edition and organizers of the current edition. Please see the recruitment flyer if you would like to distribute information about PUPC among interested high school students.

External Support

We are grateful to the following entities for sponsoring our activities this year. This support enables us to broaden our international competition on a global scale.

Jane Street 3Red

We are in the process of seeking additional funding to ensure further growth and expansion of our worldwide efforts in our third year and beyond. If you would like to support the third edition of this competition, please contact the organizers.

If you are a coach or faculty member and would like to learn about opportunities to proctor a version of the Onsite Test at your university, please contact the organizers ASAP.


Parts of this year's online exams will take advantage of tools developed by the folks at expii: