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 spring and summer 2016 are shown below.

Equipment grants are available to Immersion participants.

The Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation has established a grant program to help purchase apparatus used in Laboratory Immersions. Limitations and exlusions apply, but generally speaking the foundation may support up to 40% of the cost of the required equipment.

May 27–29, 2016, at Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

Herbert Jaeger, Mark Masters, Jacob Millspaw, and Khalid Eid are mentoring these Immersions.

June 1–3, 2016, at Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA

Mark Beck, a leader in the field, leads this session.

June 7–9, 2016, at Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Enrique ‘Kiko’ Galvez, another leader in this field, mentors this session.

June 7–9, 2016, at Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Isaac Silvera and Ashley Carter will be your mentors.

June 7–9, 2016, at the University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Jim Parks and Christine Cheney are mentoring these classic experiments.

June 15–16, 2016, at the University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Bob DeSerio is mentoring both sessions.

June 22–24, 2016, at the California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Eric Black and Kenneth Libbrecht will mentor you on these brand new apparatus.

July 12–14, 2016, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ

Arturo Dominguez, Andrew Zwicker, and Jeremiah Williams show how to teach experimental plasma physics on a very low budget.

July 18–20, 2016, at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Carl Akerlof, Philip Hughes, and Ramón Torres-Isea will mentor you through these experiments.

July 20–22, 2016, at Bethel University
St. Paul, MN

Chad Hoyt and and Nathan Lindquist are mentors for these experiments.

July 24–27, 2016, at Buffalo State College
Buffalo, NY

Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, George Herold, Carl Grossman, David Van Baak, and Michael DeMarco will mentor you on these experiments, almost all of which are available commercially.

July 29–31, 2016, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Terre Haute, Indiana

New to ALPhA! Richard Liptak and Maarij Syed will mentor you on these experiments.

Registration will be $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