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Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year (BFY III) 2018


The conference is limited to the first 150 registrants. To register, go to


ALPhA will hold the Third Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year (BFY III)  at  Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD, Wednesday, July 25 - Friday, July 27, 2018. The theme is 3D Physics: Integrating Experiment, Theory, and Computation.

This 2.5 day conference brings together faculty, technical staff, and vendors involved with intermediate and advanced undergraduate laboratories to share effective lab curricula, teaching methods, and experiments. This is a workshop-intensive conference during which participants will rotate through twelve 40 minute small-group workshops led by commercial vendors and by laboratory instructors and developers.  This setup provides an unusual and excellent opportunity for hands-on experience with a broad selection of contemporary instructional labs. The conference also includes invited speakers and breakout and networking sessions. 

Meeting participants are encouraged to present information about their own courses and/or experiments in two contributed poster sessions.  Workshop and poster presenters have the opportunity to publish a paper in the peer reviewed conference proceedings. More information about submitting papers to the proceedings is available here.

Logistical Information

Download the logistical information for the conference, including getting to campus, parking, checking into dorms, and local dining options. (updated July 23)

Post-BFY transportation to the AAPT meeting in DC is available. Buses will be leaving Loyola for the AAPT conference hotel at 3:15 pm on Friday and at 9:30 on Saturday (in time for Saturday afternoon workshops). The cost will be $30 per person. Please go to the bus registration link to reserve and pay for seats on one of the buses.

Program and schedule

Download the Conference program (current as of July 21).

Browse the titles and abstracts for the workshops, plenary sessions, and posters.

View the ALPhA Event Participation Code of Conduct.

Vendor Workshops

The following vendors will be presenting hands-on workshops with their equipment.


We would especially like to thank our food sponsors who are providing snacks and meals throughout the conference.


Opportunity to Win!

Jasper Display Corporation is sponsoring a contest for BFY III participants to win a Spatial Light Modulator Educational Kit valued at about $5000.  Two kits will be given away.  Complete your entry by 1 PM EDT on August 17, 2018. See the contest instructions for eligibility and contest details.

Questions about BFY III may be addressed to the chair of the organizing committee, Joe Kozminski.

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