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Rising Researchers program to recognize early career professionals at SPIE DCS 2017.

SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers

The SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) Rising Researcher 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.

The intent is to provide personal recognition, offer further professional growth and networking opportunities, make it easy to participate in the SPIE DCS 2017 technical program, and create possibilities for future SPIE DCS program/topic involvement or leadership roles.


Important Dates
 • DCS abstract submission deadline 26 September 2016
 • Rising Researchers application deadline 3 October 2016
 • Selected Rising Researchers announced 1 November 2016
Selected 2017 Rising Researchers will receive:
 • 1 SPIE DCS 2017 Fee Waiver (with Proceedings)
 • 1-year SPIE Early Career Professional membership
 • 1 fee waiver for a half-day course at SPIE DCS
 • Paper identified as a 2017 Rising Researcher in the conference program
 • Special invitation to networking opportunities at the SPIE DCS 2017 event
 • Acknowledgement in the SPIE DCS 2017 Final Program and may be featured in other SPIE materials, such as SPIE Professional Magazine
Eligibility
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 3 October 2006).
 • 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.
Application
Qualified early career professionals may apply as a Rising Researcher after submitting a conference paper to the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing program by the 26 September deadline date.
Rising Researcher applications must submit the following items by 3 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
Judging
After the 3 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 1 November and will be identified online and in applicable SPIE DCS 2017 materials and promotions.

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Important Author Dates

Author Notification (Rescheduled)
13 December 2016

Manuscripts Due
13 March 2017


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