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ALPhA News

Save the date! The 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of Physics (BFY III) will be held at Loyola University – Maryland, July 25-27, 2018.

Physics Today Article

“Undergraduate labs lag in science and technology,” 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:

2015 Recipient - Brandon Thacker, California State University, Chico

Project: The Mechanical Chaotic Oscillator 

Adviser: Eric Ayars 

Information about this experiment: 

Reichert Award Recipient

The recipient of the 2017 Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction is Richard Peterson, Bethel University, "For championing a close connection between an enriching advanced laboratory program and quality undergraduate research, taking formative roles in organizations such as the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association and American Association of Physics Teachers."

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