The program is open to any student who is in a public, private, or parochial high school or in a home schooled-program.
It is helpful to have had a high school physics course before participating, but this is not required. Similarly, exposure to math, through Algebra, is a plus.
Adults and siblings may attend the lectures, provided they follow the following rules and guidelines:
- Registered students must each have a seat first
- If there is space, adults should sit towards the back and the sides of One West.
- Only registered students may ask questions during the lecture. If you have a question, please ask it outside of the lecture room.
- The venue belongs to the students. We would like to create a safe environment where students can freely ask questions.
- We have had adults get enthusiastic and dominate the questioning on a couple of occasions — we feel that this scenario intimidates students and discourages them from actively participating in the discussion.
- Please refrain from using your laptop computer in the lecture hall as it could be distracting to students.
All adults and siblings should check with the SMP receptionist to see if they can attend the lecture. They do not need to register.
Only a few of the tours can accommodate non-SMP registrants. Parents and siblings should not assume that they may join the tours – check with the receptionist to see if today’s tour can accept extra participants. Please respect the guidelines, above, when on the tour.
On graduation day, we have a question and answer session for parents. Siblings may attend either the Q&A or the final lecture (space permitting).
High school teachers are welcome to attend, but we ask that they respect the above guidelines. SMP leaders are especially eager to hear, and to answer, your questions after the lecture.
Additionally, Fermilab offers many programs for you.