Top education scholarships awarded to students in fields across photonics, optics, imaging
BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA , and CARDIFF, UK — SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recently announced the distribution of $298,000 in optics and photonics education scholarships to 88 outstanding SPIE Student Members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or related disciplines.
Through 2016, SPIE has distributed over $5 million dollars in education and travel scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society’s commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world. Individual awards range from $2,500 to $11,000.
SPIE Scholarship Committee Chair and Senior Member Jeremy Bos of Michigan Technological University offered his thanks to all students who applied and congratulations to 2017 recipients.
“Every year, we take on the process of selecting awardees from an incredible group of smart, energetic, talented students,” Bos said. “I want to thank the applicants, those who wrote helpful recommendations, and the members of the scholarship committee. I look forward to following the winners and all of our applicants as they contribute to the Society and to our field.”
Several students received named education scholarships supported all or in part by the society:
In an award supported in part by SPIE, Charlotte Guthery of the Rochester Institute of Technology is the 2017-2018 recipient of the $20,000 SPIE Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences, part of the Friends of Tucson Optics (FoTO) Scholarship Program. The College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona awards the FoTO Graduate Student Scholarships competitively to promising incoming PhD applicants, providing base stipend and tuition for the first academic year. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence in optical sciences, recipients display commitment to scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and interests beyond science and technology.
Also, Jonathan Papa of the University of Rochester has been awarded the 2017 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. The scholarship is supported by the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer and member of the optical science and engineering community.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2016, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs. www.spie.org