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ALPhA open meeting at AAPT SM18

Please join us at the ALPhA open meeting during the AAPT Summer Meeting in Washington, DC: Tuesday, July 31, 12:00PM - 1:30PM.


ALPhA in the News

"Labs are necessary and we need to invest in them," May 2018 APS back page article mentions ALPhA's efforts to improve the advanced lab.

“Undergraduate labs lag in science and technology,” in the April 2017 Physics Today , details ALPhA’s work to support and enhance laboratory instruction through hands-on workshops, conferences, prizes, and opportunities for obtaining lab equipment.

AAPT-ALPhA Award Recipients

The first recipients of the AAPT-ALPhA Award have been announced. This award, funded by TeachSpin, is given to a student, or group of students, who have built an advanced laboratory experiment that will become a new part of their school's advanced laboratory program. Information about their experiments (how to build their experiment, sample data, lab manual, etc.) is available by following the links below (ComPADRE registration required). 


2016 Recipient - Ryan Scott, Rochester Institute of Technology

Project: The Hong-Ou-Mandel Effect 

Advisers: Edwin E. Hach, III and Stefan Preble 

Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48474


2015 Recipient - Brandon Thacker, California State University, Chico

Project: The Mechanical Chaotic Oscillator 

Adviser: Eric Ayars 

Information about this experiment: http://www.compadre.org/advlabs/filingcabinet/share.cfm?UID=15336&FID=48472 


Reichert Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2018 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Kurt Wick, University of Minnesota, "for over two decades of educational innovation and teaching excellence in the advanced laboratory sequence at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; for cultivating students’ interest and expertise in modern experimental methods and research through laboratory education and independent projects; and for consistently supporting the advanced laboratory community in the adoption of modern experimental methods in the curriculum."

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