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2015 Education Outreach Grant Recipients

SPIE awards $90,000 annually to organizations with optics and photonics related education outreach projects.
Application deadlines are: 31 January (Cycle 1) and 31 May (Cycle 2).

Thirty-one (31) education outreach applications were awarded this year. Amounts were allocated on a sliding scale and some proposals received partial funding. Applications are judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics and photonics awareness. 

Changchun Institute of Optics
Changchun Institute of Optics
ITMO Univ.
ITMO Univ.
Lund University
Lund Univ. Student Chapter
Stellenbosch Univ
Stellenbosch Univ.
University Jaume
Univ. Jaume
Univ. of Otago
Univ. of Otago
 Università degli Studi di Napoli Studet Chapter
Univ. degli Studi Di Napoli
Univ. of Western Australia
Univ. of Western Australia
 Univ Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
Univ. Autonoma de Nuevo Leon
BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology
BP Poddar Institute

- BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology (India) - to support a solar project in an underdeveloped village to produce electricity.

- Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (China) - to hold light-themed activities in 2015 in celebration of the International Year of Light.

- Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany) - to develop study groups at local high schools

- CU Science Discovery (USA) - to support a series of optics and photonics-related outreach programming for K-12 students and teachers.

- Foundation of Astronomical Studies and Exploration (Sri Lanka) - to conduct a 1-day student workshop on practical astronomy throughout Sri Lanka provinces.

- Fountain Hills High School Research Club (USA) - partially support the development of an online solar powered observatory that will be available to teachers and the public to educate about the universe and optics and technology.

- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India) - for materials to improve their K-12 outreach program.

- ITMO University (Russian Federation) - to enhance current student chapter outreach activities.

- Life Christian School (USA) - to increase understanding of light and optics for schools.

- Lomonosov MSU SPIE Student Chapter (Russian Federation) - partially support annual event increasing awareness in optics and photonics to young students, ages 12-17.

- Lund University Student Chapter (Sweden) - to partially support the annual Culture Night in Lund event.

- National Institute of Technology, Goa (India) - for student chapter activities to increase the awareness of optics and photonics to students and teachers across the state of Goa.

- Optics Institute of Southern California (USA) - for the development of OptoBotics Theme Packets.

- Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics Club (China) - to support optics and photonics outreach events.

- Stellenbosch University (South Africa) - to conduct outreach activities at local high schools.

- The University of Arizona (USA) - to enhance the Expanding Your Horizons outreach program.

- Three Rivers Community College (USA) - to organize exhibits that will teach optics and other technologies for all levels of education at the Optics Fair on campus.

- Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico) - to develop portable scientific kits with a series of hands-on activities related to light phenomena and technologies.

- Universidad Central Venezuela SPIE Student Chapter (Venezuela) - for optics and photonics demonstrations to students and teachers

- Universidade Nove de Julho (Brazil) - to partially fund materials for an optics showcase.

- Universit degli studi di Napoli Federico II Student Chapter (Italy) - to organize an event dedicated to the diffusion of optics and photonics knowledge through simple experiments.

- Universitat de Valencia (Spain) - to raise awareness about women in Optics and Light History.

- Universitat Jaume I (Spain) - to provide materials for an optical contest.

- University of Maryland (USA) - to develop outreach events for K-12 and community college students.

- University of Oregon, SPICE Program (USA) - to host outreach events featuring hands-on optics and photonics activities.

- University of Otago (New Zealand) - to host an International Year of Light event.

- University of Southampton (United Kingdom) - to partially support the Lightwave Roadshow.

- University of Western Australia (Australia) - (1) to partially support optics and photonics outreach activities; (2) to develop microscopy kits for young students across Western Australia.

- Vanderbilt University SPIE Student Chapter (USA) - to expand outreach activities for a larger audience and demonstrate interactive examples of the use of light in our daily lives.

- West Salem High School (USA) - to develop photonic lessons in a STEM "College Now" microelectronics class at the high school level.