SPIE Awards 116 Scholarships

More than 100 students from top optical science schools win $292,000 in awards from SPIE.

01 July 2009

More than 100 students from the top optical science schools in India, Russia, the Ukraine, the UK, the United States, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and Australia have been awarded SPIE scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

SPIE is awarding $292,000 in scholarship aid to 116 outstanding individuals this year, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Applicants were evaluated and selected by the SPIE Scholarship Committee.

SPIE has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual scholarships to date, reflecting the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

2009 Top Scholarship Winners

Chee-Loon Tan, left, a PhD candidate in electrical engineering at Lehigh University (USA), was awarded the SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship. The $11,000 award is the Society's most prestigious scholarship and is sponsored by SPIE with contributions from Labsphere, Inc.

Tan has served as an officer at the SPIE Student Chapter at Lehigh and has already published 30 papers to date.

Miguel A. BandresMiguel A. Bandres, who expects to receive his PhD from California Institute of Technology (USA) in June 2010, received the John Kiel Scholarship, the second largest scholarship sponsored by SPIE. His research areas are theoretical high energy physics and optics focusing on wave propagation and laser resonators.

Can Bayram, Northwestern University (USA), will receive the Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship. Funds are provided by a gift from the former Forum for Military Applications of Directed Energy and SPIE.

Derek Kopon, University of Arizona, was awarded the Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Bill Price and Warren Smith, both well-respected members of SPIE's technical community. This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of optical design and engineering.

Volker Sorger, vice president of the SPIE Student Chapter at University of California, Berkeley, was awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.

Dewen Cheng, a PhD candidate at Beijing Institute of Technology, will receive the 2009 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design at SPIE Optics+Photonics in August. The $5000 study grant honors Kidger, an innovative lens designer, software developer, and educator.

In addition to providing scholarships for optics students, SPIE conducts a two-day student leadership workshop at SPIE Optics+Photonics every summer.
More 2009 SPIE Scholarship Winners

Kristen Alexander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)

Praveen Ashok, University of St. Andrews (UK)

Hari Atkuri, Kent State University (USA)

Daniel Bankman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

Stephanie Benight, University of Washington (USA)

Lisset R. Bickford, Rice University (USA)

Michael Borden, University of Arizona (USA)

Sergey B. Borin, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

Patrick T. Bowen, North Carolina State University (USA)

Joel Carpenter, University of Cambridge (UK)

Laura Carpin, Rice University (USA)

Abhijit Chakravarty, Florida Institute of Technology (USA)

Joseph Chang, Rice University (USA)

Michael Chernodub, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

Alex Chernyshov, Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine)

Chris H. Clifford, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Mehdi Daneshpanah, University of Connecticut (USA)

Rajdeep Deb, Assam University (India)

Gergely Dolgos, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (USA)

Ujjal Dutta, University of Calcutta (India)

Shayson C. Edwards, Norco High School (USA)

Anthony Erlinger, University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

Christopher Evans, University of Rochester (USA)

Michael Gaj, University of Arizona (USA)

Sergey O. Galetskiy, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

Liang Gao, Rice University (USA)

Dennis Gardner, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

Teodor Georgiev, Howard High School (USA)

XiaoMing Goh, University of Melbourne (Australia)

Amir Golnabi, Dartmouth College (USA)

Jason Grenier, University of Toronto (Canada)

Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, University of Rochester (USA)

Honglei Guo, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Alexandr A. Gurin, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

David Haefner, University of Central Florida (USA)

Tao Han, University of Houston (USA)

Brooke Hester, University of Maryland (USA)

Min-Chieh Ho, Stanford University (USA)

Ying Hu, Rice University (USA)

Olena Ivashyna, Washington University in St. Louis (USA)

Mikhail Khodzitskiy, Institute of Radiophysics & Electronics (Ukraine)

Dae Wook Kim, University of Arizona (USA)

Kyujung Kim, Yonsei University (South Korea)

Rajesh Kumar, Cochin University of Science and Technology (India)

Hannah La Fleur, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (USA)

Yan Li, University of Central Florida (USA)

Yiang (Kaccie) Li, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Rui Liu, University of California, Davis (USA)

Houssine Makhlouf, University of Arizona (USA)

Bilal Malik, Texas A&M University (USA)

Pouya Maraghechi, University of Alberta (Canada)

Hector Sosa Martinez, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Ashok P. Masilamani, University of Alberta (Canada)

Brian Miller, University of Arizona (USA)

Marshal Miller, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Austin Moy, University of California, Irvine (USA)

Jianwei Mu, McMaster University (Canada)

Pegah Naeimi, University of Colorado at Boulder (USA)

Alexey Naumov, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

Bernard Ng, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Eldon Ng, University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Binh-Minh Nguyen, Northwestern University (USA)

John Nguyen, Cornell University (USA)

Brandon Nichols, University of Texas at Austin (USA)

Sedat Nizamoglu, Bilkent University (Turkey)

Kevin Pate, Corvallis High School (USA)

Justin Paul, University of Arizona (USA)

Thomas Pfrommer, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Mohammad Umar Piracha, University of Central Florida (USA)

Rafal Pukownik, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland)

Nicole Putnam, University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Nevin V. Raj, Hunterdon Central Regional High School (USA)

Prashant Raman, University of Alabama in Huntsville (USA)

Matthew Reichert, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (USA)

Timothy Renkoski, University of Arizona (USA)

Michael Roumeliotis, University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Jesus Adrian Ruelas, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)

Rashid Safaisini, Colorado State University (USA)

Harikrishnan B. Sankaramangalam, Cochin University of Science & Technology (USA)

Franklin Savarimuthu, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (India)

Matthew Schwab, University of Arizona (USA)

Matthew Sederberg, University of Alberta (Canada)

Bohdan Senyuk, Kent State University (USA)

Mumtaz Sheikh, University of Central Florida (USA)

Eugene Sholohov, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (Russia)

Sonam Shrivastav, ACS General Hospital and College (India)

Majinyang Song, Constance Teoh, and Ruojun Ding, Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) (Singapore)

Joel Spencer, Wellman Center for Photomedicine (USA)

Pradeep Srinivasan, University of Central Florida (USA)

Xiankai Sun, California Institute of Technology (USA)

Amirhossein Tehranchi, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada)

Warit Thanopachai, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Rahul Trivedi, University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)

Maxim Tsarev, N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (Russia)

Fartash Vasefi, Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Wesley J. Verne, N. Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (USA)

Ashwin Wagadarikar, Duke University (USA)

Sean Wagner, University of Toronto (Canada)

Lirong Wang, University of Arizona (USA)

Brian Wheelwright, University of Arizona (USA)

Bethany Wilcox, University of Colorado, Boulder (USA)

Rigel Woida-O'Brien, University of Arizona (USA)

Mark Woolston, Colorado State University (USA)

Elizaveta Yankovskaya, St. Petersburg State University of ITMO (Russia)

Adam Yuh Lin, Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University (USA)

Livia Zarnescu, University of Arizona (USA)

Jun Zhang, University of Arizona (USA)

Rui Zhang, University of Arizona (USA)

Hongping Zhao, Lehigh University (USA)

Alexander Zhdanov, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia)

Likai Zhu, University of Central Florida (USA)

For information on applying for an SPIE scholarship, contact SPIE at scholarships@spie.org or go to spie.org/scholarships. Applications and informations are also available by writing to SPIE Scholarship Committee, PO Box 10, Bellingham, WA, 98227-0010, USA.

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