Saturday Morning Physics

What is SMP?

The Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics (SMP) program is a free-of-charge series of eleven1 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 twice1 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 2019-20 school year will open on August 1, 2019.  Students should register for only one of the terms; both terms are the same. Registrants will be notified of their acceptance by email one week 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 first term of the 2019-20 year will start on September 28 and conclude on December 14.
The second term of the year will start on January 25 and conclude on April 4.

Registration is now closed for the 2020 Winter session!

View the 2019-20 SMP Brochure.


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.

1Prior to the 2018-19 academic year, SMP was nine lectures in three terms during the year.

The beautiful Wilson Hall is at the center of our campus