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Spring 2020 Program

Learn about exciting developments at the forefront of modern physics research, this year featuring cosmology, relativity, dark matter and neutrinos, nuclear physics in stars and in medicine, cold atoms and nanodevices!


An event series for Texas High-School Students to go on a journey of discovering how physics can help us understand nature!

Fourteenth Year Running!

Earn a certificate for sustained attendance!


Physics is a fundamental science to unravel the laws of nature so that we improve our understanding and appreciation of the world around us from the smallest to the largest scales.

You are cordially invited to attend the 14th edition of SMP to get unique first-hand insights into how scientist push the frontiers of knowledge on fundamental laws of physics, the phases of matter, the Universe, and often unexpected applications.

Listen to and discuss with world-renowned scientists working at Texas A&M University who have agreed to share their newest research in an entertaining and understandable way.

Saturday Morning Physics is a National Science Foundation-funded event series designed to indulge Texas high school students in the fascinating subatomic world of modern physics.

No prerequisites necessary! (except for your curiosity...)

Teacher participation encouraged!


Each Saturday's program will consist of seminars, discussion, quizzes, experiments and tours of campus facilities.

The format for each Saturday's program will be as follows:

9:30 Registration and Welcome
10:00 Presentation
11:00 Discussion/Q&A
11:30-12:00 Quiz, Prizes, Hands-on Experiments, and Facility Tours


The registration desk opens at 9:30am, and it is essential for each student to register in person.


Programs and Schedule

2020 Program Listing

Kennicutt January 25th: "Taking the Measure of an Impossible Universe", Professor Robert Kennicutt

Welch February 1st: "Cold Atoms and Interferometry with Matter", Professor George Welch


YennelloFebruary 8th: "Studying Stars here on Earth" , Professor Sherry Yennello



MahapatraFebruary 15th: "Searches for New Physics in Dark Matter and Neutrino Interactions", Professor Rupak Mahapatra
Permission slip for Cyclotron tours on February 15.
All minors on a tour need to bring a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.

EusebiFebruary 22nd: "Relativity", Professor Ricardo Eusebi




ScullyFebruary 29th: "Molecular Motors and other Exciting Nanodevices" , Professor Winfried Teizer


AkimovMarch 7th: "A Smashing Success for Nuclear Medicine Today and into the Future: Using Protons to Make Radioactive Isotopes", Dr. Eva Birnbaum



Certificates and Prizes

To be awarded a final "diploma" certificate, you will need to complete at least 5 out of 7 events. In addition, there is a common thread through the event sequence, so that regular attendance is beneficial.


Registration is free . On-site registration will be possible until 9:50 AM on the day of each event. There will be open attendance allowed at each session.

On-Line Registration

Location and Directions

Each program will be held at the Physics Department in the Hawking Auditorium of the George P. Mitchell Physics Building on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX 77843.

Parking is available in the North Side Garage (adjacent to the venue). Visitor parking at the North Side Garage requires the purchase of a parking ticket at the vending machines close to the exits. Metered or free parking might also be found on city streets close by.


If you have any questions about the Saturday Morning Physics program please contact:

Prof. Ralf Rapp (
Prof. Rainer Fries (
Prof. Jeremy Holt (

Phone: 979-845-1411


Links to other Saturday Morning Physics Programs


Florida State University:
University of Michigan:
Darmstadt University (Germany):



Thanks to the following individuals and institutions for their generous support:

Kendra Lewellyn, Shana Hutchins, Bruce Hyman,
 and Dawson Nodurft. The Cyclotron Institute and the
 Department of Physics at Texas A&M University, CENTAUR, and the National Science Foundation


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