Saturday Morning Physics

What is Saturday Morning Physics?

The Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics (SMP) program is a free-of-charge series of 11 lectures and tour visits given by Fermilab staff.

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 who have no previous scientific knowledge.

This program is given twice during each school year. Sessions are held from 9 a.m.-noon Central Time.

Full details of the SMP program can be found on this website.

Announcement and registration

An announcement of the SMP program to participating schools is made in August for the fall program and in December for the spring program. The spring 2024 session concluded on April 13. Congratulations to the SMP graduates!  

Applications will be taken only for the coming academic year and will be granted as the number of registered students does not exceed the maximum number of about 150 per session. Students must satisfy the eligibility requirements.

Registration for the fall 2024 session of Saturday Morning Physics will open in late August.

Important notes:

    • Registrants will be notified of their acceptance by email before the start of the term.
    • Students must be registered and have received an acceptance email to attend an SMP class.
    • Walk-ins are not allowed.


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

Graduation Photos, 12/14/2019

Graduation Photos, 5/12/2018

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