Saturday Physics for Everyone

Saturday Physics for Everyone (SPE) is a series of lectures on modern aspects of the physical sciences held Saturday mornings each fall. The program began in 1993 and offers high school students the opportunity to hear presentations from world-class scientists and researchers.

By attending Saturday Physics for Everyone, you will learn about recent advances in the physical sciences, you will gain an understanding of how physics affects development in modern technology, and influences your life on a daily basis. A question and answer session is held at the end of each program. This is your chance to interact with renowned scientific leaders in the research community.

  • Audience: High school students and the general public.
  • Cost: Free of charge.
  • Time: 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Location: Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • Parking: East side of building in lot B21.
  • Questions/comments? Email us at sat_physics@physics.illinois.edu or call 217.244.2948.
  • Talk slides: When available, the slides from the professors' talks can be found linked from the individual events below.
  • You may also like Saturday Engineering for Everyone offered in the spring semester.
Event Title Speaker Date/Time Location
Saturday Physics for Everyone: Exoplanets

Professor Jon Thaler, Physics Department

9/10/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Visualizing the Amazing Quantum World

Professor Vidya Madhavan, Physics Department

9/24/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: What can theoretical physics tell us about the evolution of early life?

Professor Nigel Goldenfeld, Physics Department, Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology

10/8/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and LIGO

Professor Edward Siedel, Physics Department, Director, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

10/22/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: The Hidden Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Professor Jeffrey Filippini, Physics Department

11/5/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Visit to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) where the Higgs Boson was Found.

Professor Verena Martinez Outshoorn, Physics Department

12/3/2016
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Event Title Speaker Date/Time Location
Saturday Physics for Everyone: "The First Galaxies in the Universe and the ALMA Telescope"

Professor Joaquin Vieira, Astronomy Department, and Faculty Associate, Physics Department

9/12/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Saturday Physics for Everyone: "Building Emergent Biological Machines"

Professor Rashid Bashir,  Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and Head Department of Bioengineering

9/26/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Saturday Physics for Everyone: "Hunting for the Elusive Neutrino"

Professor Liang Yang, Physics Department

10/10/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Saturday Physics for Everyone: "How Laws, Sausages, and Science are Made: an Inside View of How Science Really Works"

Professor Peter Abbamonte, Physics Department

10/24/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Saturday Physics for Everyone: "I'm Beginning to See the Light: Properties and Applications of our Friendly Photons"

Professor Paul G. Kwiat, Physics Department

11/7/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Saturday Physics for Everyone: "How to Train your Photon"

Professor Virginia Lorenz, Physics Department

12/5/2015
10:15 am

 Room 141, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

Event Title Speaker Date/Time Location
Saturday Physics for Everyone: Decisions, Decisions: How Cells Sense Their Environment and Make Decisions to Adapt and Respond

Professor Thomas E. Kuhlman

9/13/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: This Old Zero-Net-Energy House

Professor Scott S. Willenbrock

9/27/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Everyone Loves Science

Professor Mats A. Selen

10/11/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: When Stars Attack! In Search of Killer Supernova Explosions

Professor Brian D. Fields, Astronomy and Physics

10/25/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Building Mountains: How Forces in the Earth Raise Rock Miles into the Sky

Professor Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology, Director, School of Earth, Society, & Environment

11/8/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Magnets and Big Machines: The Use of Neutrons to Explore Magnetism in New Materials

Professor Gregory MacDougall

12/6/2014
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Event Title Speaker Date/Time Location
Saturday Physics for Everyone: Nature's Biological Nanomachines

Professor Yann Chemla

9/14/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Ultracold Physics: Creating Quantum Matter at the Coldest Temperatures in the Universe

Professor Brian DeMarco

9/28/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Baby Stars: Take A Solar Mass of Gas and Dust and Just Add Gravity

Professor Leslie Looney

10/12/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

Saturday Physics for Everyone: The Ultimate MRI: Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy

Professor Raffi Budakian

10/26/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

Saturday Physics for Everyone: Why is There Mass?

Professor Tony Liss

11/9/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

Saturday Physics for Everyone: What Is Inside Jupiter and Saturn and How Do We Know?

Professor David Ceperley

12/7/2013
10:15 am

141 Loomis Laboratory

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