PhysFest 2020

PhysFest 2020 was a huge success! Thank you to our faculty, staff, and volunteers for making it a great event for our participants. PhysFest is an opportunity for upcoming students to take a closer look at our program and engage with our faculty and current students. Students arrived on Friday, February 28 where they enjoyed a reception dinner, toured the Physics department, and played fun activities with Physics Club. On Saturday, February 29, students performed various experiments and listened to alumni share their experiences about post-grad life. Thank you to everyone that was involved in making this year another great success!

What happens at PhysFest?

This weekend workshop is for high school seniors thinking about majoring in physics at Seattle University to get an up-close look at our program. Participants will stay with an SU student, meet the SU physics faculty, and complete interesting experiments in our well-equipped laboratories.

Friday evening, participants will meet their student hosts, then enjoy a reception and dinner with the physics faculty and students followed by a brief orientation and tour of the physics department and facilities. Saturday is a packed day of physics activities featuring six to eight experiments across a variety of subjects, with breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. The official workshop ends around 4:45 pm, but participants may arrange to stay with their host student an extra night to explore the rich cultural and social experiences offered in this Pacific-rim city.

PhysFest Schedule

Check out the PhysFest experiments!


Why SU PhysFest?

We want to show you how enriching and interesting a physics education at Seattle University can be! Our excellent program boasts great teachers and opportunities to collaborate on frontier research, and our faculty, staff, and students form a close-knit and supportive community of scholars. Our students receive excellent preparation for graduate school or technical careers in teaching, engineering, or research, and in the meantime enjoy spending their college years in the beautiful, vibrant city of Seattle. SU PhysFest is designed to give you a close look at what we have to offer and a sense of what studying physics here would be like. We are confident you will like what you see, and we hope that many who attend will choose to enroll in physics at Seattle University.

Please contact Dr. Paul Fontana with questions about PhysFest.