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 2015 are shown below.

Equipment grants are now available to Immersion participants!

The Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation has established a grant program (ALPhA webpage; Foundation website) 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.

June 2–4, 2015, at Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Experience single-photon quantum mechanics experiments:

Enrique ‘Kiko’ Galvez will be your mentor.

June 2–4, 2015, at Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

Theresa Lynn and Richard Haskell will lead this session

June 9–11 at the University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

A new offering:

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

June 15–17, 2015, at California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

Program your Arduino to do interesting things:

Eric Ayars will be your mentor.

June 24–26, 2015, at the University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Experiments with materials:

Steve Hagen and Bob DeSerio will be your mentors.

July 7–9, 2015, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ

Please note date change from June 23-25 to July 7-9.
Low Cost Plasma Physics:

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

July 8–10, 2015, at Bethel University
St. Paul, MN

Immerse yourself in one of these experiments:

The mentors for these experiments are Kurt Wick, Chad Hoyt, and Nathan Lindquist.

July 8–10, 2015, at Miami University
Oxford, Ohio


Herbert Jaeger will be your mentor.

August 1–3, 2015, at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

A brand new set of Immersions:

Carl Akerlof, Philip Hughes, Ramón Torres-Isea, Paul Berman, and Jeffrey McMahon will mentor these experiments.

August 5–7, 2015, at California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Immerse yourself for three days in one of these experiments:

Eric Black and Kenneth Libbrecht are the mentors for 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 will be posted soon.

Links to ALPhA's Previous Laboratory Immersions Programs:

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