About the Workshop

Each year, the Department of Physics at Lawrence University hosts a weekend workshop for high school seniors with interests in physics. This year Lawrence Physics Workshop will be held on February 25-26, 2022. Participants will arrive on Friday, check in with their student hosts for the weekend, and gather in the late afternoon for a welcoming reception, dinner, and departmental open house. Assisted by members of the physics faculty and by several current Lawrence physics majors, participants will on Saturday work in various departmental laboratories to perform six to eight experiments in several areas. The workshop will conclude formally at about 4:30 PM on Saturday.

To apply for LPW, current high school seniors should submit the Statement of Interest form after applying for admission.

For any questions, contact Lawrence University Admissions at

Why do we host the Lawrence Physics Workshop?

The faculty and students in the physics department at Lawrence University host this annual workshop in order to showcase our physics program to prospective physics students in hopes that many of the attendees will choose to study physics at Lawrence. We have a top-notch physics program that can prepare you for a career in research, teaching, engineering, and other technical fields.

Workshop Activities

This year's workshop has the theme of Exploring the Nature of Light.  Participants in the past workshops performed a variety of experiments and computational exercises such as:

  •         Simulate planet formation in the early solar system
  •         Analyze astronomical data to detect planets around other stars
  •         Trap electron plasmas in a toroidal magnetic field
  •         Observe atoms on the surface of crystalline graphite
  •         Generate chaotic strange attractor
  •         Simulate vibrating membranes
  •         Measure the speed of light using a pulsed nitrogen laser
  •         Excite atoms using a powerful argon-ion pumped tunable dye laser
  •         Make holograms
  •         "Build" a helium-neon laser
  •         Measure the wavelength of light ... using a ruler!