2018 Summer Leadership Institute

The 2018 PTRA Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 25-28, 2018 in tandem with the ALPHA/PIRA conference, at the Loyola University. Andrew White Student Center & Donnelly Science Center, provisionally with dormitory space at the Campion Tower

A pdf of the map can be downloaded at https://www.loyola.edu/about/directions
Institute topics will include:
  • partnering with ALPHA/PIRA to understand and be able to integrate their resources into the PTRA resources in order to enhance the learning experience of workshop participants and ultimately students,
  • updates on new modules of astronomy and earth science from Perimeter Institute,
  • updates and curriculum planning for use of quantum technology resources,
  • engineering ideas to incorporate into workshops
  • development of curriculum aligned to NGSS.

The cost of attending the institute will vary according to prior level of involvement and PTRA support:

  • All participants will be responsible for their travel and housing accommodations. Housing will be at Loyola University. Meal arrangements are based on preferences given earlier and meals will be served on the 2nd floor of the student center. It is suggested that participants bring a personal pillow and towel for the dorm.  The link for payment will be posted soon.  Housing will be in the Newman and Campion Center housing, in the lower left (SW) corner of the Loyola Map, marked as “West”.  https://www.loyola.edu/-/media/department/parking-transportation/images/parking-map.ashx?la=en
  • Participants who have been a PTRA and have contributed at least $250 to the continuation fund in the last 2 years, will receive a travel stipend in the amount of $500 (distributed after the institute). 
  • All participants/PTRAs are expected to provide Professional Development to their peers based on what they learn at the institutes. Therefore, all PTRAs must have provided a minimum of 6 hours of workshops in order to attend the institute free of charge.  If the PTRA has not provided workshops, there will be a fee of $200 to attend the summer leadership institute.  You will need to bring this payment with you to the institute. Documentation of workshops is based on workshop listings and participants from the required online surveys.
  • New PTRA applicants are eligible to apply for one of the limited scholarships from AAPT to help offset institute expenses. The expectation for those receiving scholarship funds is that they contribute to the physics community by providing PD for their peers in the coming year.  For more information on the scholarship, contact Dr. Matsler (kmatsler@me.com)
  • Parking will be free in lots near the Loyola Dorms. If you are staying off campus you will need to contact Dr. Matsler for directions for your parking.
  • Dorm Suggestions: For those of you that have not stayed in a dorm lately (even though they are apartments which will be better than prior places), here are a few things to ponder/bring/consider:  shampoo, soap, extra towel, pillow, appropriate sleeping attire, detergent if you want to wash clothes, quarters for machines, hangers, and ear plugs.
  • Miscellaneous:  Attire is casual. Since we are on campus you might consider comfortable walking shoes.  Dorms are air conditioned. Bring laptop or iPad as well as laser sets and slits from last summer. Other information is available on the attached document PTRA2018 PreMeeting Notes
Thank you for your interest in PTRA.