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DeMund Foundation awards new scholarship in optical and medical sciences

17 September 2013

The first award of a new scholarship in optical sciences funded by a foundation managed by SPIE Past President Chuck DeMund has been made at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.

SPIE Member Victoria Chan was announced last week as winner of the DeMund Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical and Medical Sciences. (Read more in the UA press release.) Chan is a student of SPIE Immediate Past President Eustace Dereniak, professor of optical sciences and electrical and computer engineering.

The DeMund Foundation was created in 1947 by DeMund's father, the late Herman E. DeMund, in the family's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Now operating in Waxhaw, North Carolina, the foundation has provided financial assistance for decades at several universities throughout the country through scholarships and grants.

Brian Lula and Chuck DeMund
Brian Lula, left, and Chuck DeMund
during a presentation honoring years
of service by DeMund at SPIE Optics
+ Photonics.

A Fellow of SPIE since 1977 and President from 1972 through 1974, DeMund has served the society in numerous roles including as Treasurer. DeMund and fellow Financial Advisory Committee membeer John Kiel were recognized for their long and valuable service by SPIE Secretary/Treasurer Brian Lula at the committee's meeting in San Diego last month during SPIE Optics + Photonics.