We describe the structure of an intermediate physics laboratory course, a significant component of which is dedicated to having students perform hands-on experiments and real-time data collection at the Synchrotron Radiation Center national laboratory operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We comment on student feedback on how this experience affected their attitudes and expectations of physics.

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