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Photonics West Best Paper Awards

Honoring outstanding achievement by our researchers

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Best Paper Award – Therapeutics and Diagnostics in Urology

Presentations and manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit and potential clinical impact. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student or resident in urology, must submit an extended technical summary (1~3 pages) of their best results at the time of Abstract submission, must present their papers at the conference (oral or poster), and must publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. Cash awards will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

Award Sponsor:

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Best Student Paper Award – Multiscale Imaging and Spectroscopy

A cash prize will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize best student papers. Presentations and manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student, must have conducted the majority of the research presented in the paper, and must submit their manuscript by the deadline (January 2021). To be considered, submit your abstract online, select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker.

Award Sponsor:

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Pascal Rol Award 2020 – Ophthalmic Technologies

Outstanding extended abstracts submitted to the Ophthalmic Technologies conference will be nominated for the Pascal Rol Award for Best Paper in Ophthalmic Technologies. The award and prize will be presented after the last scientific session of the conference to recognize the best paper and presentation. The 2020 recipient of the Pascal Rol Award was Ayoub Lassoued and his colleagues from Indiana Univ. (USA) (see www.pascalrolfoundation.org).

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Best Student Paper Award – Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize will be awarded to the best student paper in this conference. Qualifying papers and presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee and the winner will be notified at the end of or after the meeting.

Award Sponsor:

Microfluidic Chip Shop Logo


Seno Medical Best Paper Awards – Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2019

Seno Medical Instruments of San Antonio, Texas, will sponsor the "Best Paper Award" at this conference (Certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $3,000). To qualify for the Award, authors must submit an extended technical Summary (1-3 pages) of their best results at the time of Abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Award. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

Award Sponsor:

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JenLab Young Investigator Award – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIX

We encourage graduate students, postdocs, and scientists or junior faculty who are not more than 32 years old to apply for the JenLab Young Investigator Award. To be eligible for this $2000 cash award, participants must:

  • be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract for poster presentation
  • submit the proceedings paper by the due date, prior to the meeting, for review by the selection committee
  • self-nominate by entering "Jen Lab Young Investigator Award" as a keyword in the abstract.
  • qualified abstracts will be chosen for a 5-minute oral presentation
  • Selection of final two (winner and runner-up) is based on abstract, proceedings manuscript, and 5-minute oral presentation.
  • The winner will receive $1500 and the runner-up $500.

Submitted proceedings manuscripts may be resubmitted to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by JenLab GmbH, Germany.

Award Sponsor:

JenLab logo


Student Poster Session Competition – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIX

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to participate in the poster session competition of the conference on Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences. There is a cash award ($500/award) for the winner(s). The winner(s) will be informed in person or by email and must receive the award in person in the conference hall. Participants should follow the rules and regulations of SPIE for submission of their abstract and manuscript. Participants should also register their names for the competition with the Conference Chairs or Session Chairs during the first day of the conference. Submitted proceeding manuscripts are allowed for resubmission to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by the Conference Sponsors.


PicoQuant Young Investigator Award – Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging XII

Young scientists (age 30 or below and not yet full faculty members) are encouraged to participate in this best paper competition, which offers a $1000 USD cash award. Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Please select "PicoQuant Young Investigator Award" as the last Topic in the abstract submission wizard in order to be considered. This award is sponsored by PicoQuant GmbH Berlin and presented Sunday afternoon.

Award Sponsor:

PictoQuant logo


Best Paper Awards – High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy IV 

We are pleased to announce that PiPhotonics, Hitachi High-Tech, and nac Image Technology will sponsor eight Best Presentation Awards for this Conference, with a total cash prize of $3000: two PiPhotonics Best Presentation Awards ($500 each), two Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Awards ($500 each), and two nac Image Technology Best Presentation Awards ($500 each). Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Qualifying presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee. The winners will be notified at the end of, or after, the meeting.


Award Sponsors:

Pi Photonics Hololight logo

Hitachi High-Tech logo

NAC Image Technology logo

Teledyne SP Devices logo


Prizmatix Young Investigator Awards – Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications XVI 

Two $500 USD "Young Investigator Awards" sponsored by Prizmatix Ltd. will be awarded for notable contributions by young scientists presenting their work in this conference.

Award Sponsor:

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Ocean Insight Young Investigator Award – Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications XIV

The Ocean Insight Young Investigator Awards will be given for the best contributed papers presented by a leading author who is either a graduate student or has graduated within less than five years of the paper submission date. Two prizes will be awarded. The First Prize will consist of a $1,000 cash prize for the Young Investigator and $2,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. The Second Prize will consist of a $500 cash prize for the Young Investigator and $1,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. To be eligible, manuscripts of self-nominating authors must be received by the due date. Nominations should be sent to osinski@chtm.unm.edu and should include a brief CV of the leading author.

Award Sponsor:

Ocean Insight logo


Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Award

The Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Awards will be given for the best work by a leading/presenting author. Two prizes will be awarded. The First Prize will consist of a $300.00 cash prize for Best Paper. The Second Prize will consist of a $300 cash prize for Best Poster.

LASE Best Paper Awards


Fiber Lasers Best Student Oral Paper Competition – Fiber Lasers: Technology and Systems

For Fiber Lasers: Technology and Systems, we are pleased to announce that a cash prize will be awarded to the best student oral presentation in the conference.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • be the submitting author and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student
  • select yourself as the speaker
  • under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • be accepted to present an oral presentation
  • submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • present your paper as scheduled.

Throughout the conference, qualifying student oral presentations will be evaluated by the conference committee, and the results will be announced in this session. Student presentations will be judged based on scientific merit of the work, and clarity of the presentation. While the award is not judged by the manuscript, a manuscript must be submitted.

Award Sponsors:
NKT Photonics Logo

Active Fiber Systems logo


LAMOM Best Student Paper Competition (Oral and Poster) – Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing (LAMOM)

A cash prize will be awarded to the best student oral and poster presentation in this conference.

To be eligible for the awards, you must:

  • be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • be the submitting author and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student
  • select yourself as the speaker
  • under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • present your paper as scheduled
  • not have received this award in the past.

Throughout the conference, qualifying student presentations will be evaluated by the conference committee, and the results will be announced during the award ceremony. Student presentations (both oral and poster) will be judged based on scientific merit of the work, and clarity of the presentation. While the award is not judged by the manuscript, a manuscript must be submitted.

Award Sponsors:
Okamoto Optics logo

Plymouth Grating Laboratory logo


Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics Best Student Paper Competition – Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications

For Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications, we are pleased to announce that cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to the best student presentations in this conference (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; both poster and oral papers considered).

Papers submitted by graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. In order to ensure a fair evaluation, the conference chairs and the program committee will judge the students during a special student competition session held during the conference. Here the students present a brief 5-minute summary of their original talk or poster presented at the conference.

Following the student competition, the judges will meet and decide on the top three students. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony.

To be eligible for the awards, you must:

  • be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • be the submitting author and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student
  • select yourself as the speaker
  • under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • present your paper as scheduled
  • attend the competition and present a 5-minute summary (see below).

5-MINUTE SUMMARY

Bring your summary slides to the competition on a USB Mass Storage Drive (Flash Drive). Your slides should entail all elements of a regular talk or poster, condensed into a 5-minute summary:

  • A brief introduction and motivation for the work in the context of existing knowledge.
  • A summary of the key research activities and observations would be the main body of the presentation.
  • Do not try to cover everything; highlight the most significant factors in your methodology and analysis on which conclusions were drawn.
  •  The presentation should offer a clear interpretation of data that builds to a clear and final conclusion, telling us clearly what was learned and why the results are new and significant.

Award Sponsors:

Amplitude logo

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OPTO Best Paper Awards


:Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics Best Student Paper Award

All contributed papers of conference 11684 given by a young scientist (PhD student or postdoc within the first two years after graduation) are eligible for the award. Note that this award is for contributed papers only. Invited papers and contributions to other conferences do not qualify. To facilitate handing out the award during the meeting, applications will be collected prior to the meeting. To qualify for the award, applicants must:

  • be a young scientist (PhD student or postdoc within the first two years after graduation)
  • be listed as a contributing author (not invited) on an accepted paper within conference 11684
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript and presentation online by 12 February 2021
  • present your paper as scheduled
  • be present at the Awards Ceremony.

To Apply, qualified applicants must submit:

  • slides of presentation (Powerpoint or PDF document)
  • additional information about the scientific content of the presentation. Such information can comprise published or accepted papers related to the presented work or the proceedings article for the conference
  • date of graduation if you have already completed your PhD.

The presentation and the supplementary material should be sent via email to Prof. Markus Betz (please include your SPIE paper number) by 19 February 2021.

Award Sponsor:

Class 5 Photonics logo


MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize, sponsored by Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc., will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in Conference 11697, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:

  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript and presentation online by 12 February 2021
  • present your paper as scheduled.

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • submit your abstract online, and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • when submitting your abstract, under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript and presentation online by 12 February 2021
  • present your paper as scheduled.

Nominations
All submitted papers will be eligible for the awards if they meet the above criteria.

Award Sponsor:

Mirrorcle Technologies logo


Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications Best Paper Award and Best Student Paper Award

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize, sponsored by Texas Instruments DLP Products, will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in Conference 11698, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:

  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 12 February 2021
  • present your paper as scheduled.

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • submit your abstract online, and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • when submitting your abstract, under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by 12 February 2021
  • present your paper as scheduled.

Nominations
All submitted papers will be eligible for the awards if they meet the above criteria.

Award Sponsor:

Texas Instruments DLP Products


Optical Communications Best Paper Awards

  • Metro and Data Center Optical Networks and Short-Reach Links (Conference 11712)
  • Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems (Conference 11713)

We are pleased to announce Best Paper Awards in Optical Communications. These awards will recognize the outstanding work of students and professionals who present the most notable recent results with broad impact in the area of optical communications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts and presentations will be judged based on technical merit, impact, and clarity. The winner(s) will be announced at the Optical Communications Awards and Panel Discussion, and the presenting authors will be awarded a certificate and cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within conferences 11711, 11712, or 11713
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript and presentation online by 12 February 2021
  • be present at the Awards Ceremony.

To be eligible for the Best Technical Paper Award, you must:

  • be a post-doc or early career professional
  • be listed as an author on an accepted paper within conferences 11711, 11712, or 11713
  • have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript and presentation online by 12 February 2021
  • be present at the Awards Ceremony.

How to Apply
After your Manuscript is submitted online (by 20 January 2021), send an email to nasfine@stny.rr.com by Friday 29 January 2021, stating your intent to apply, your SPIE Paper Number, and for which award you qualify.

Award Sponsors:

Corning logo

NTT Electronics logo