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Abstract Title: The ALPhA Immersion Program - Helping Bring BFY Ideas Back Home
Abstract: The ALPhA Laboratory Immersion Program grew out of the 2009 Advanced Lab Topical Conference, where ALPhA members recognized that short workshops describing and demonstrating experiments were mostly valuable in giving faculty a taste of what *could* be done by students.  In order for most undergraduate instructors to be able to implement  a new experiment (usually outside their field of expertise), they would need a longer, hands-on opportunity - under the guidance of an experienced mentor - to learn the new experiment well enough to teach it themselves.

This talk will provide an overview of the Immersion program:  what has happened in the past three summers, what we've learned about creating a successful Immersion, how the Immersions can facilitate the dissemination of experiments developed through NSF grants, and how the Physics community can help shape future Immersion offerings.  Conference participants will be asked for their feedback on the Immersions program and their suggestions for future Immersion sites and experiments via an online survey distributed at the end of the BFY conference.
Abstract Type: Invited Presentation
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lowell I. McCann
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
410 S. Third St.
River Falls, WI 54022