UA High School Physics Contest

After considering the level of CoViD-19 transmission in the state, current campus guidance, and the low level of attendance confirmation we have in early January, we are reluctantly cancelling the 2022 Alabama High-School Physics Contest on-campus competitive events.

We call your attention to the video made by Dr. Rainer Schad illustrating some of the popular demonstrations from previous years and hope to be able to provide additional online content later in the semester to help make up for the non-competition events.

E. Scott Barr Award

It will be our pleasure to present the E. Scott Barr Teaching Award to an outstanding high school physics teacher. The winner will receive a plaque and a check. Nominations for this award are invited from principals, fellow teachers, parents, and students. If you would like to nominate someone, please send the nominee’s name and contact information, along with a supporting statement, to Professor Bill Keel by fax (205-348-5051) or email,


Contest information is mailed out to schools in October of each year. If your school does not receive one, or for further information, contact

Ms. Karen Lynn
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Box 870324
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0324
Ph: 205-348-5050

To register: Save, edit, and email back the Excel registration form. There is also a consent form we need to have signed for all students – you can get this in PDF or Word .docx formats and turn them in at registration. There is no entry fee! It will help us plan if you can email us in advance with an estimate of how many students you expect to bring.

Previous High School Physics Contest Career Panels

2021 HSPC Career Panel
2019 HSPC Career Panel
2018 HSPC Career Panel
2017 HSPC Career Panel
2016 HSPC Career Panel