December 2021 Incorporation
(2021/07/01) ALPhA is incorporating. The final step in this process is adopting new By-Laws and selecting a new Board of Directors before we dissolve our current ALPhA group and adopt the new corporation. In preparation for this, we will have a survey of the membership asking members to about the new By-Laws and we will have an election in December. ALPhA will then switch over to the new corporation. Go to our Minutes page in the Members section for more information. You must be logged in as an ALPhA member to see this information.
July 29, 2021 vBFY meeting
(2021/03/05) Please join us at Virtual BFY (vBFY) on July 29, 2021. Go to our Meetings page for more information.
July 13, 2021 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM21
2021 Reichert Award RecipientThe recipient of the 2021 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Linda Barton, Rochester Institute of Technology, "For dedicated and sustained development of the college junior year physics laboratory course sequence, for notable contributions to pedagogical approaches and materials in support of advanced labs in the physics curriculum, and for instilling a passion for experimental physics in students."
July 2020 AAPT SM20 will be a virtual meeting!
(2019/04/24) We were planning to have an open meeting and a booth at AAPT SM20. We will get back to you with more details about our open meeting at V-SM20.
2020 Reichert Award RecipientThe recipient of the 2020 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Enrique Galvez, Colgate University, "For invigorating and modernizing the undergraduate physics advanced laboratory with single-photon experiments that give students direct experience with quantum entanglement, single-photon interference, Bell's inequalities, delayed choice, quantum erasure, and bi-photon states."
January 2020 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT WM20
(2020/01/18) Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, FL: Saturday, January 18.
July 2019 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM19
(2019/04/24) Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, UT: Monday, July 22, 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
Call for Workshop Presenters in the Advanced Laboratory Session at AAPT SM19
(2019/04/24) Contact Jeremiah Williams if you would like to contribute to the Advanced Laboratory Session at the AAPT Summer Meeting in Provo, UT. Session is on Sunday, July 21, 1:00-5:00 pm
2018 BFY Conference Proceedings now on Compadre
(2019/03/12) The 2018 BFY Proceedings are now posted on Compadre for your viewing pleasure.
March 2019 ALPhA open meeting at APS March Meeting
(2019/03/01) Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the APS March Meeting in Boston, MA: Tuesday, March 5, 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
2019 AAPT-ALPhA Award Recipient
The AAPT-ALPhA Award Selection committee is pleased to announce that Natalie Ferris is the 2019 recipient of the AAPT-ALPhA Award.
January 2019 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT WM19
Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Winter Meeting in Houston, TX: Saturday January 12, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
2019 Reichert Award RecipientThe recipient of the 2019 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Heather J. Lewandowski, University of Colorado, "For systematic and scholarly transformation of advanced laboratories in physics, for building leading assessment tools of laboratories, and for national service advancing our advanced laboratory educational community."
July 2018 ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM18
Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Washington, DC: Tuesday, July 31, 12:00PM - 1:30PM.
2018 Reichert Award RecipientThe recipient of the 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Kurt Wick, University of Minnesota, "for over two decades of educational innovation and teaching excellence in the advanced laboratory sequence at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; for cultivating students’ interest and expertise in modern experimental methods and research through laboratory education and independent projects; and for consistently supporting the advanced laboratory community in the adoption of modern experimental methods in the curriculum."
May 2018 APS Backpage article
"Labs are necessary and we need to invest in them," May 2018 APS back page article mentions ALPhA's efforts to improve the advanced lab.
April 2017 Physics Today article
“Undergraduate labs lag in science and technology,” in the April 2017 Physics Today , details ALPhA’s work to support and enhance laboratory instruction through hands-on workshops, conferences, prizes, and opportunities for obtaining lab equipment.
First AAPT-ALPhA Award Recipients
The first recipients of the AAPT-ALPhA Award have been announced. This award, funded by TeachSpin, is given to a student, or group of students, who have built an advanced laboratory experiment that will become a new part of their school's advanced laboratory program. Information about their experiments (how to build their experiment, sample data, lab manual, etc.) is available by following the links below (ComPADRE registration required).
2016 Recipient - Ryan Scott, Rochester Institute of Technology
Project: The Hong-Ou-Mandel Effect
Advisers: Edwin E. Hach, III and Stefan Preble
Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48474
2015 Recipient - Brandon Thacker, California State University, Chico
Project: The Mechanical Chaotic Oscillator
Adviser: Eric Ayars
Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48472