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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters

SPIE Student Services wishes to extend a special congratulations to our student chapters who have accomplished 10 years of active participation in education, professional development, and leadership in optics and photonics! Nine chapters reached the 10-year milestone in 2014.

Congratulations!

Beijing Institute of Technology Club

National Taiwan University Chapter

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Club

University College Dublin Chapter

University of Arizona Chapter

University of Dayton Chapter

University of Latvia Chapter

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Chapter

University of Notre Dame Chapter

Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. - As one of the earliest chapters in China, the Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. Chapter has achieved several significant accomplishments in the past 10 years. Perhaps the greatest achievement has been the communication with other researchers, especially those from other countries. During the last decade, more than 2 guest lectures were held every year. Our chapter members have attended nearly 15 meetings in the field of optics and international SPIE conferences. Some foreign universities were able to visit and our chapter members also attended SPIE events, which broadened our view. It has definitely helped build a strong network for optics students. All of our chapter members enjoy the experience of wondering in the amazing world of science and optics when in our SPIE chapter. We hold sports activities every year like ping pong, bowling, volleyball and badminton. We also organized the badminton competition with the Neuron Engineering laboratory in SJTU last year. After ten years of development, our chapter has become more and more mature. Of course there are still some weaknesses in our chapter and we will keep moving in the future. It is believed that our chapter will become more successful and we are all looking forward to continued cooperation with SPIE in the future!

Univ. of Notre Dame - Established in March 2004, the SPIE student chapter at University of Notre Dame has grown consistently and rapidly to become an active student body in both academic and social areas at the University of Notre Dame.

The chapter has actively organized and participated in school outreach events since 2005. In 2005 the chapter received funding for the 'High School Science Tour' project from the Great Lake SPIE student chapter. The outreach was very successful and had a great impact on the high school students. Several Notre Dame student chapter members traveled to Kent State to present the results from the high school outreach. In the consecutive years the chapter has collaborated with Prof. Gregory Snider in Electical Enginnering at Notre Dame to organize outreach activities for the students of Clay Intermediate Center, a local middle school in South Bend, Indiana.It is now a signature annual event that is hugely popular with the school students, so much so that the chapter strongly considers making this a biannual activity.

The outreach activity consists of educational demos, this year ranging from boiling water without heating and making ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Volunteers from the chapter performed and explained these demos for six class periods (consisting of 20- 30 students each, impact: 120-180 students), with a warm reception. The expenses associated with this activity were fully absorbed by Dr. Snider's discretionary funding, enabling the club to allocate greater resources toward future activities.

The chapter is very proud of its outreach program because of how impactful it is to middle school students and is instrumental in encouraging these students to choose to continue education in STEM disciplines.