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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 2021 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.

Jasper Display Corp. offers matching incentive program to Immersion participants

Jasper Display Corp. is offering a $2000 incentive to participants in Immersion experiments which use Spatial Light Modulators (see Reed College and University of the South Immersion sites). Participants are also eligible to apply for a $2000 Reichert Foundation grant to purchase the Jasper SLM Education Kit. With the incentive program and a successful grant application, the SLM Education Kit net cost is only $1000.

June 9-11, 2021 at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) (Possibly Virtual)

Mentors: Nathan Lindquist, Julie Hogan, Kurt Wick and Kevin Booth

July 12-14, 2021 at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY)

Mentors: Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, 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!

July 21-23, 2021 "at" Haverford College (Virtual Immersion)
FULL! Pre-register to be added to the wait list.

Mentors: Walter Smith, Nathan Keim, and Mason Klein

Three experiments from the new textbook Experimental Physics: Principles and Practice for the Laboratory that can be taught from a distance!  You will learn all three experiments over a three day period.

         FULL! Pre-register to be added to the wait list.

June 7-9, 2021 at the Univ. of Scranton (PA) 

Mentors: Abaz Kryemadhi and Declan Mulhall

May 26-28, 2021 at Muhlenberg College (PA) 

Mentor: Brett Fadem

July 19-21, 2021 at the University of California-Berkeley (CA)  

Mentors: Neil Switz and Dan Fletcher

June 22-24, 2021 at Colgate University (NY)

Mentors: Enrique 'Kiko' Galvez and Behzad Khajavi

July 14-16, 2021 at St. Norbert College (WI) (Possibly Virtual)

Mentor: Erik Brekke

June 23-25, 2021 at University of the South (TN)

Mentor: Randolph Peterson, Johnny Davenport, and Eugene Donev

June 28-30, 2021 at Illinois Wesleyan Univ. (IL) 

Mentor: Gabe Spalding

June 2-4, 2021 at the Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison (WI)

Mentor:  Jim Reardon

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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