The assessment process and timeline are given below:

Sep. 16 – Nov. 3: Inter-division review to remove unqualified teams, external referee, Intra-division review to choose teams for divisional presentations, Divisional presentations.

December. 13-14 : Final presentation at the presence of International Committee.

The National Final includes oral defense of the Research Report in English and will be reviewed by an international committee.

Selection Criteria

The S. T. Yau High School Science Award (Physics) strives to provide a fair and encouraging environment for all participants. Depending upon the level of competition, projects will be evaluated by regional, national or international panels. All panelists are asked to evaluate each project with professionalism and scholarship according to the following criteria.

  1. Relevance to physics sciences
  2. Originality in choice of subject for investigation and/or choice of techniques :
    Subjects for investigation could be either original problems or existing conjectures. A participating team is responsible for adequate literature review on the background or originality of its problems. A problem known to the learned community in general, but unknown to the participating teams do not constitute originality.
  3. Creativity in problem solving and methodology :
    Successful projects are expected to either develop new methodology or to synthesize existing techniques. A routine application of existing methodology may not be competitive.
  4. Rigor in physics development :
    Development of methodology and solutions are expected to demonstrate rigorous concepts and derivations.
  5. Contribution and potential to future physics development :
    A project carries high merits if the results will induce other or further advance in physics sciences or if the methodology has potential for application in wider or other applications.
  6. Scholarship and clarity of written report :
    A report has to be well written, with an abstract in less than one page, review of the background problems and methodology, and citation of references. The report must also make clear distinction between background materials and original contributions.
  7. If applicable, scholarship and clarity of spoken presentation :
    An oral presentation should demonstrate the background of the problem, key background materials, and above all, the teams’ original contributions.
  8. If applicable, demonstration of teamwork :
    In oral presentation, it is expected that every participating student will speak on behalf of the team in an organized manner.