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Rising Researchers applications due 10 Oct

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers

Recognizing outstanding work
The Rising Researchers program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields.

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Important dates

 • Abstract submission deadline 3 October 2018
 • Rising Researchers application deadline 10 October 2018
 • Selected Rising Researchers notified November 2018

Selected 2019 Rising Researchers will receive:

 • 1 SPIE DCS 2019 Fee Waiver (with Proceedings)
 • 1-year SPIE membership or SPIE Early Career Professional membership
 • 1 fee waiver for a half-day course at SPIE DCS
 • Paper identified as a 2019 Rising Researcher in the conference program
 • Special invitation to networking opportunities at the SPIE DCS 2019 event
 • Acknowledgement in the SPIE DCS 2019 Program and may be featured in other SPIE materials, such as #FacesofPhotonics or SPIE Professional Magazine


Open to early career professionals—scientific researchers, product developers, and/or industry professionals—working in science and technology areas addressed within the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing program.
 • Researchers located anywhere in the world and who received their terminal degree in the past 10 years (after 10 October 2008).
 • Students—those who have not yet completed their terminal degree—are not eligible to apply for this award package and recognition.
 • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply.
 • There are no age restrictions.
 • SPIE Membership is not required.
 • Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


Qualified early career professionals may apply as a Rising Researcher after submitting an abstract to the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing program by the 3 October due date.
Rising Researcher applications must submit the following by 10 October:
 • Letter of recommendation
 • CV or resume and contribution history
 • 1-3 minute video sharing the significance of your research
 • SPIE DCS abstract submission tracking number
Submit your application online


After the 10 October application deadline, application materials will be reviewed by a Rising Researchers Selection Committee. The committee will be made up of 6-10 members from SPIE leadership, industry leadership, Defense + Commercial Sensing Chairs, and the Steering Committee.
 • The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the researcher's potential long-term contribution to sensing, imaging, optics, photonics, and related fields.
 • Applications are judged based on the contribution of the researcher to the scientific, educational, or economic impact of optics and photonics.
 • Merit will be judged relative to other applicants with similar professional backgrounds.
Selections will be announced in November and will be identified online and in SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2019 materials.
Apply today

Important Author Dates

Abstracts Due
3 October 2018
Late submissions considered

Author Notification
10 December 2018

Manuscripts Due
20 March 2019

Applications Due 10 October

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