UA High School Physics Contest

The 45th Annual University of Alabama High School Physics Contest will be held online on Friday, February 12, 2021. This event is open to all high schools (and home-schooled students at equivalent levels) and usually attracts schools from surrounding states as well as many from Alabama. Due to covid-19, this year’s physics competitions will not be held. We will hold a career panel for students with speakers from industry, government, and universities, a physics show, online lab tours at The University of Alabama, and a teacher’s program.

The program for 2021 is as follows:

10:00 – 11:00: Lab Tours

11:00- 12:00pm: Career Panel

1:00- 2:00pm: Physics Show

E. Scott Barr Award

It will be our pleasure to present the E. Scott Barr Teaching Award to an outstanding high school physics teacher during the afternoon awards ceremony. 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. The entry fee was waived starting in in 2010 — we have arranged to continue this waiver in 2020. 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.

The registration deadline is Monday, January 27, 2020.

Previous HSPC

Find information about the 2019 high school physics contest here.