ALPhA’s Laboratory Immersions

Learn a new advanced laboratory experiment well enough to teach it - with confidence!

ALPhA’s Laboratory Immersion experiences provide participants with two to three days of intensive hands-on work with a single advanced laboratory experiment. Enrollment is limited to two to three participants per experiment to ensure a confidence-building experience. The offerings for 2014 are shown below. Stay tuned for registration information.

May 28–30, 2014, at Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

Experience single photon quantum mechanics experiments:

Mark Beck will lead this session.

June 10–12, 2014, at Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Experiments with interactions of light and matter:

Isaac Silvera and Ron Walsworth will be your mentors.

June 10–12 at Sewanee-University of the South
Sewanee, TN

A new offering:

Randy Peterson and Jim Parks are the mentors for this experiment.

June 16–18, 2014, at Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

Experiments with materials:

Khalid Eid and Herbert Jaeger will be your mentors.

June 23–24, 2014, at Reed College
Portland, OR


John Essick will lead this session.

June 24–26, 2014, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ

Low Cost Plasma Physics:

Arturo Dominguez, Andrew Zwicker, and Jeremiah Williams, respectively, are your mentors.

June 25–27, 2014, at the University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Experiments with materials:

Steve Hagen and Bob DeSerio will be your mentors.

July 7–9, 2014, at California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

Program your Arduino to do interesting things:

Eric Ayars will be your mentor.

July 16–18, 2014, at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Microfluidics for the Advanced Lab:

Kevin Seale and Ronald Reiserer will be your mentors.

July 23–25, 2014, at Bethel University
St. Paul, MN

Immerse yourself in one of these experiments:

The mentors for these experiments are Dick Peterson, Keith Stein, Chad Hoyt, and Nathan Lindquist, all of Bethel University.

July 23–25, 2014, at the University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Keep your knowledge of FPGAs up to date with this Immersion:

Kurt Wick will guide you in this Immersion.

August 3–6, 2014, at Buffalo State College
Buffalo, NY

Experiments using apparatus from Teachspin:

Jonathan Reichert, David Van Baak, George Herold, and Ram Rai will be your mentors.

August 5–7, 2014, at Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Experience single-photon quantum mechanics experiments:

Enrique ‘Kiko’ Galvez will be your mentor.

August 6–8, 2014, at California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Immerse yourself for three days in one of these experiments:

Eric Black, Kenneth Libbrecht, and Greg Ogin are the mentors for these experiments.

Registration is $350.00 per experiment and includes lunch and one evening meal. Travel and Housing costs are the responsibility of the participants. Suggested housing and travel arrangements are posted here.

Links to ALPhA's Previous Laboratory Immersions Programs:

Questions about ALPhA’s Laboratory Immersions Programs should be addressed to Lowell McCann by email at