The 43rd Annual University of Alabama High School Physics Contest will be held on Friday, January 1, 2019 at the Ferguson Center on the campus of the University of Alabama. This event is open to all high schools and usually attracts schools from surrounding states as well as many from Alabama.

As a part of HSPC, we host a ‘Teacher’s program’ session to discuss best practices in teaching, new teaching techniques, demonstrations as well as share resources and material. We normally solicit teacher opinions on the topics to be discussed before the meeting. We also inform physics teachers of opportunities and resources available for students and teachers at UA.

Resources available:

1. The Dept. of Physics & Astronomy has purchased a portable planetarium. We intend to create lecture plans and tutorials related to Physics and Astronomy.  If you would like us to visit your school, please send an email to Dr. Preethi Nair at Visits will start from Fall 2018. Only a limited number of opportunities will be available to start.

2. Prof. Dawn Williams, an astro-particle physicist, will be running a Masterclass on IceCube, the largest neutrino detector ever built, which is taking data in Antarctica, the harshest place on Earth, and has observed the highest energy neutrinos ever. This event is an opportunity to meet researchers on IceCube, to learn more about our Universe, and analyze actual IceCube data. For more information please visit:

IceCube Masterclass 2018 at the University of Alabama

This event will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and is open to high school students and their teachers. The event is free of charge and includes a box lunch. Please email Dawn Williams ( for additional information.