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Saturday Morning Physics

Welcome to the Saturday Morning Physics Website!

Click on this link for the rest of the Winter 2024 Saturday Morning Physics schedule to discover stimulating, educational, and family-friendly scientific events!

Each lecture begins promptly at 10:30 AM and runs until 11:30 AM, with a half-hour Q&A afterward. Our full schedule can also be seen below:

February 17: Totally Awesome: Your Guide to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2024

David Gerdes, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Chair of Physics Department (U-M)


March 9: The Many Facets of Glass

John Kieffer, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (U-M)


March 23: The Future Oppenheimer Feared: What We Can Do to Reduce the Nuclear Threat

Laura Grego, Senior Scientist and Research Director (Global Security Program at Union of Concerned Scientists)


April 6: Bioinspired Microrobotics: Lessons From Nature (Family-Friendly Event!)

Abdon Pena-Francesch, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (U-M)


April 20: Van Loo Family Endowment Student Presentations: Making Powerful Lasers More Powerful and The Physics of Games and Rankings

Tayari Coleman, Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Physics (U-M); Max Jerdee, Ph.D. Candidate, Complex Systems (U-M)

About Saturday Morning Physics
Physics is a fundamental science and provides the foundations for solving both cosmic mysteries and practical problems. In 1995, the University of Michigan Department of Physics began sharing some of the latest ideas in the field with the public in the Saturday Morning Physics lecture series.

Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear physicists discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. The multimedia presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the principles discussed, along with slides, video, and computer simulations.

Saturday Morning Physics in-person lectures or online lectures!

Lectures are held in 170 & 182 auditoriums in Weiser Hall (low-rise)

500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Parking is available at the Church Street Parking Structure for $10.00/car with only credit cards accepted.

Event Details
The Saturday Morning Physics lecture series is free to all. We are hosting in-person and virtual talks this winter. Please join our mailing list for more information.

How to Receive Information about Upcoming Programming

If you would like updates on this series, sign up to be placed on the Saturday Morning Physics mailing list. Due to monetary constraints, we would like to send you programming information via email only.


The Saturday Morning Physics program is sponsored by: 
The Dr. Mary Lois Tiffany Endowment by Dr. O. Lyle Tiffany and Dr. M. Lois Tiffany who were the first to support the Saturday Morning Physics program in May, 2000.

The Hideko Tomozawa Endowment in memory of Hideko Tomozawa in recognition of her interest and loyal participation in the Saturday Morning Physics program.

The Van Loo Family Endowment to support outstanding University students who present public lectures at Saturday Morning Physics.

Friends of the Program-Donations of all sizes are needed to keep this program alive!

How to Donate

Donations to the Saturday Morning Physics Program help fund these informative academic presentations. Show your support for the program by donating online.

U-M Staff and Faculty can donate to Saturday Morning Physics by using University Payroll Deduction on Wolverine Access. Please use designation #365045.

You may also make cash, check, or credit card donations at each Saturday Morning program. Please stop by the back greeting table to pick up a donation slip.

Remember, donations to SMP are tax-deductible in the year in which they are given.

View SMP Lectures

Learn how to view the Saturday Morning Physics talks after the lecture date

Information about previous SMP talks can be found in the Past Events section of this website.