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ALPhA’s 2019 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 offerings for summer 2019 are shown below.

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 29-31, 2019 at Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA)

Mentors: Theresa Lynn and Jason Gallicchio

June 3-5, 2019 at Kansas Wesleyan University (KS)

Mentors: Declan Mulhall and David Van Baak

June 4-6, 2019 at Colgate University (Colgate, NY)

Mentor: Enrique 'Kiko' Galvez

June 5-7, 2019 at Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Mentor: Dennis Ugolini

Principles of Gravitational-Wave Interferometry  FULL!  Please register to be placed on the waiting list.

June 10–12, 2019 at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Mentor: Ramón Torres-Isea

Thin Film Fabry-Perot Etalons for Intermediate and Advanced Labs  Registration closed.

June 12-14, 2019 at University of the South (TN)

Mentor: Randolph Peterson and Johnny Davenport

June 12-14, 2019 at California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

Mentor: Eric Black

June 25-27, 2019 at Western Kentucky University (KY)

Mentor: Doug Harper

July 8–10, 2019 at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY)

Mentors: Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, George Herold, and David Van Baak

July 8-14, 2019 (PICUP) at University of Wisconsin - River Falls (River Falls, WI)

Mentors: Eric Ayers or Daniel Borrero Echeverry
Special PICUP/ALPhA Immersion!
Learn computational modeling and experimental measurement techniques for a single experiment. Participants in this Immersion will also need to register for the PICUP Summer Faculty Development Workshop. Please contact Lowell McCann with questions about this Immersion. You can contact him at

July 12-14, 2019 at University of Wisconsin - River Falls (River Falls, WI)

Mentors: Gabe Spalding, Lowell McCann, or Kurt Wick and Kevin Booth

August 5-7 2019 at the University of California-Berkeley (CA)

Mentors: Neil Switz and Dan Fletcher

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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