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ALPhA’s 2022 Laboratory Immersions

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

See the ALPhA Laboratory Immersions wiki page for more information about these and past experiments.

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. 

Immersion participants should be aware that each site will likely have some form of Covid restrictions in place at the time of the Immersion.  The Immersion mentors will be able to keep participants informed of those restrictions. 

The 2022 Immersion program is partially supported by NSF grant DUE-1940925.

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 exclusions apply, but generally speaking the Foundation may support up to 40% of the cost of the required equipment. Preference will be given to ALPhA members in good standing. See the Reichert Foundation website for more information.

May 18-20, 2022 at the Univ. of Minnesota (MN)

Mentors: Kurt Wick and Kevin Booth

June 8-10, 2022 at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN)

Mentors: Nathan Lindquist, Julie Hogan, and Nathan Lemke

June 20-22, 2022 at TeachSpin (Buffalo, NY)

Mentors: Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, David Lee, and David Van Baak

     Options include:
        Optical Pumping
        Modern Interferometry
        Quantum Analogs
        Uses of Johnson and Shot Noise
        Fourier Methods and Applications
        The Not-so-simple Harmonic Oscillator
        Pulsed NMR
        and others!

June 15-17, 2022  at Reed College (OR)

Mentors: John Essick, Mark Beck, Daniel Borrero, and David Laman


June 14-16, 2022 at Swarthmore College (PA)

Mentor: Peter Collings

New time, location, and experiment options!:

June 27-29, 2022 at Loyola University Maryland (MD)

Mentor: Mary Lowe

August 8-10, 2022 Virtual Immersion

Mentor: Jed Brody


June 25-27, 2022 at the University of California-Berkeley (CA)  

Mentors: Neil Switz and Dan Fletcher

June 28-30, 2022 at Colgate University (NY)

Mentor: Enrique 'Kiko' Galvez

July 18-20, 2022 at Illinois Wesleyan Univ. (IL) 

Mentor: Gabe Spalding

July 20-22, at Princeton University (NJ)

Mentor:  Dan Marlow


June 22-24, 2022 at University of the South (TN)

Mentors: Randolph Peterson, Johnny Davenport, and Eugene Donev

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

Links to ALPhA's previous Laboratory Immersion programs:

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