A New Grant Program of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation

The acronym AMA will be taking on new meaning for the physics community. At its January meeting, the Foundation Board initiated its newest program, ALPhA Mining Actualization. With an initial funding of $5,000, AMA will significantly impact of the Miners’ search for new experiments to expand the cannon of advanced laboratory experiments.

The goal of this program is quite simple – it is to promote the actual development of the new experiments suggested by the explorations of the ALPhA Miners. The Foundation will use some of its resources to underwrite the construction, testing and dissemination of advanced lab experiments that are closely related to current research in physics. We also believe that the development of such experiments by undergraduate students, under the supervision of faculty, would not only fit into independent study courses, but would also make excellent senior or undergraduate research projects.

The rules for obtaining a grant are both simple and somewhat unusual. There are no forms to fill out and no deadlines to meet. However, the funds will be dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the $5,000 has been allocated, no other funding will be available for that calendar year.

The rules:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate that the ideas for the project came from the Miners’
  2. The maximum grant will be $2,000 per school.
  3. The school must certify in an official document that it will provide matching funds equal to that of the grant.
  4. The funds cannot be used to pay faculty or staff salary or travel expenses.
  5. The program must involve undergraduate students in the design, building, and testing of the apparatus.
  6. The applicant agrees to supply the Foundation with a comprehensive report of the effort at the end of the grant.
  7. The awarding of these grants is at the sole discretion of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation.
  8. Only faculty and senior staff of physics departments may apply.

We leave the format and content of the application up to the individual.

You may submit applications by email to: Jonathan@JFReichertFoundation.org.

Or by snail mail to: Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation, 45 Penhurst Park, Buffalo, NY 14222-1013

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