Saturday Morning Physics

What is SMP?

The Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics (SMP) program is a free-of-charge series of eleven lectures and tour visits given by Fermilab scientists.

The program’s purpose is to further the understanding and appreciation of modern physics among high school students. The lectures are aimed at high school students without any previous scientific knowledge.

This program is given twice during each school year. Full details of our program can be found on these pages.

Announcement and Registration

An announcement of the Saturday Morning Physics program to participating schools for the academic year is made in August.

The students must satisfy the eligibility requirements. Applications will be taken only for the coming academic year and will be granted as the number of registered students do not exceed the maximum number of about 120 per session.

Registration for the Fall 2020 online session is closed.

Click here to register for the online Winter 2021 session!

Registrants will be notified of their acceptance by email before the start of the term.

You must be registered and have received an “acceptance” e-mail to attend SMP class. 

Walk-ins are not allowed.

The online Fall 2020 session will start on September 26 and conclude on December 12.
The online Winter 2021 session will start on January 23 and conclude on April 3.

View the 2020-2021 Saturday Morning Physics Brochure here.


Fermilab is located about 40 miles west of the Chicago loop. See more.

See SMP Summary Information, and also read about the history of SMP.

The beautiful Wilson Hall is at the center of our campus