SPIE awarded $351,000 in education and travel scholarships to 133 outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee. An additional $45,000 in travel scholarships will be awarded later this year.
Through 2015, SPIE has distributed over $5 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.
2016 Top Scholarship Winners:
The SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship was awarded to Shoufeng Lan, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). This is the Society's most prestigious scholarship.
Dana Kralicek, The University of Arizona (USA), was awarded the John Kiel Scholarship which was established to honor SPIE founding member John Kiel, in recognition of his long-standing and significant contributions to the society. This scholarship is sponsored by SPIE and is awarded for the student's potential for long-term contribution to the field of optics and optical engineering.
The Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship was awarded to Cecilia Chen, Cornell University (USA). This scholarship is awarded in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement in Laser Technology, Engineering, or Applications. Funds are provided in part by SPIE.
The Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Ross Uthoff, The University of Arizona (USA). The scholarship was established in memory of Bill Price and Warren Smith, both well-respected members of SPIE's technical community. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the field of optical design and engineering.
Xiaoqing Xu, University of Texas at Austin (USA), was awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.
Kaitlyn Williams, The University of Arizona(USA), is the first recipient of the Teddi Laurin Scholarship. Photonics Media is partnering with SPIE to fund the Teddi Laurin Scholarship to raise awareness of optics and photonics and to foster growth and success in the photonics industry by supporting students involved in photonics. This new scholarship is in memory of Laurin Publishing and Photonics Media founder Teddi Laurin.
Scholarship of Related Interest
The 2016 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Yunfeng Nie, a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), under the guidance of Professors Fabian Duerr and Hugo Thienpont. Her research is funded by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network "ADvanced OPtical SYStem design" (ADOPSYS) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Included in her continuing research is a new design algorithm for specialty freeform imaging systems. Yunfeng hopes to complete her PhD in 2018. Tina E. Kidger will present this scholarship at the UK Optical Design Meeting. The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected education, design software developer, and member of the optical science and engineering community.