The Newport Spectra-Physics Research Excellence Travel Awards Program this year provided funding for 20 university students to attend the Society's two largest events, SPIE Photonics West and SPIE Optics + Photonics. These grants allowed the recipients to present their papers at the meetings, gain exposure to new research and technologies, and meet other students and professionals. This past year Newport Spectra-Physics donated $15,000 to the awards, and has helped fund the grant since 2004.
Photonics West 2007 recipients were: So Hyun Chung, University of California/Irvine; Samuel Chung, Harvard University; Beau Standish, University of Ontario (Canada); Murtaza Askari, Georgia Institute of Technology; Shin-Ying Lu, Kent State University; Oleg Rabinovich, Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys (Russia); Italo Toselli, Politecnico di Torino (Italy); Anup Pandey, University of Dayton; Nathalie Vermeulen, Vrije University Brussel (Belgium); and Jae Ho Lee, University of Albany- SUNY.
Optics + Photonics 2007 recipients were: Michael Stinger, The Pennsylvania State University; Leona Charles, City College/CUNY; Hongseok Kim, The Pennsylvania State University; Jonathon Lee, The Pennsylvania State University; Justin Liou, The Pennsylvania State University; Przemyslaw Wachulak, Colorado State University; Courtney Brewer, Colorado State University; Sean Pursel, The Pennsylvania State University; Heungman Park, The Pennsylvania State University; and Weiqiang Mu, Northwestern University.
The Newport Spectra-Physics grants are open to any student who has a paper accepted for presentation at SPIE Optics + Photonics or SPIE Photonics West. More information about applying for the award is available at spie.org/newportgrant.