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ALPhA’s 2023 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. 

The 2023 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 50% 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.

St. Olaf College  (MN),  July 27-29, 2023

Mentors: Jason Engbrecht and Eric Hazlett

Virtual Immersion,  May 18-20, 2023

Mentor: Jing Liu

University of South Dakota (SD),  August 10-12, 2023

Mentors: Jing Liu and Kyler Kooi

TeachSpin (Buffalo, NY),  June 26-28, 2023

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!

University of Maryland (MD),  June 19-21, 2023

Mentor: A. Gilad Kusne, Ichiro Takeuchi, Haotang Liang, and Logan Saar

Loyola University Maryland (MD),   June 5-7, 2023

Mentor: Mary Lowe

Virtual Immersion,  August 8-10, 2023

Mentor: Jed Brody

University of California-Berkeley (CA), July 10-12, 2023

Mentors: Neil Switz and Dan Fletcher

Francis Marion University (SC), May 29-31, 2023

Mentor: Seth Smith

Illinois Wesleyan Univ. (IL),  June 12-14, 2023

Mentor: Gabe Spalding

University of the South (TN),   June 22-24, 2023

Mentors: Randolph Peterson, Johnny Davenport, and Eugene Donev

Grand Valley State Univ. (MI),  June 26-28, 2023

Mentor: Josh Veazey

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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