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Student Newsletter April 2005


SPIE Welcomes Four Student Chapters
Newly approved are: the Institute of Atmospheric Optics SB RAS, Russia; Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine; National Central University, Taiwan; and the Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, Mexico.

Starting an SPIE Student Chapter at your University is easy and gives you access to funding and networking resources available only to SPIE Student Chapters.

Student Leaders Look at Policy Impacts on Engineering
Bo Wang and Mingxia Gu visited the R&D Engineering Research Symposium in Washington DC. Every year, policy makers discuss and present the US Fiscal Year government research budget to engineering leaders, with a look to major research initiatives backed by government support.

SPIE Student Chapters Host Major Meeting
Students from University College Dublin and Dublin City University led by Dr. John Sheridan, Mr. David Monaghan, and Ms. Aisling Clarke, held a series of student events at the SPIE Opto Ireland Event in Dublin, Ireland.

Student Scholars Take Home Best Paper Prizes
At the joint meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists, 16-19 February 2005 in Orlando, Florida, SPIE sponsored awards for the best student papers submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.

Three Rivers Community College Celebrates Birth of Photon
The SPIE Student Chapter of Three Rivers Community College celebrated the 100th anniversary of Einstein's discovery of the photo electric effect in 1905 with an outreach event that brought local high school students to campus to learn basic optics and tour the TRCC laboratories.

CREOL Students Welcome SPIE President
Dr. Malgorzata Kujawinska visited the University of Central Florida for the annual Industrial Affiliates Day. Hosting one of the largest and most active SPIE Student Chapters, CREOL was awarded a special institutional grant.


News and Notes


Visas Mantis Clearance Extension
The U.S. Department of State announced an extension of the Visas Mantis clearance for students and scholars/scientists. While this increases the amount of time an international student is allowed to stay in the US for studies, it does not increase the ease with which students may obtain visas. Currently, SPIE is actively lobbying for a piece of legislation that will improve this situation.

Thank a Teacher
You can help SPIE to recognize the most critical link in the education process: the teacher. Teachers do more than teach content: they nurture, inspire, and help us learn essential life skills. Teachers prepare the next generation of researchers, scientists, CEOs, policy makers, and citizens for a connected, technological world. Nominate a teacher today.

Optifab Student Networking Lunch
Tuesday 3 May 2005
Robert E. Fischer will be joining students for this networking event. Take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas and make valuable contacts in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. Lunch is complimentary to all student attendees; however, a ticket is required and will be provided upon registration. Sponsored by SPIE Student Services.

"Photography to Photonics" Special Student Exhibit
All students are invited to request a complimentary table or poster space at Optics & Photonics to publicize their academic program, distribute resumés, display chapter activity reports, and more. These tables will be grouped in the "From Photography to Photonics" exhibit as part of the "Eye to the Future" section. Interested in participating in this exhibit? E-mail students@SPIE.org for details.

Newport Spectra-Physics Boosts Funding for International Students
Recognizing the contribution of international students to the growing optics and photonics industry, Newport Spectra-Physics has increased funding of the Research Excellence Award to allow international students to attend major SPIE Events. These travel grants are now open to any student who has an accepted paper for presentation at Photonics West or Optics & Photonics. Recipients will be selected based on both the quality of the original research described in submitted paper(s) and financial need.

Funding Opportunities from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
NSF is soliciting proposals for funding under the Faculty Early Career Development Program. This program offers the agency's most prestigious awards for the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.

Career Awards Support Postdoc Research
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund invites applications for funding under its Career Awards at the Scientific Interface program. This program awards grants for the early career development of researchers whose work addresses biological questions and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.

New SPIE Publication: Light Action! Amazing Experiments with Optics
Help the younger people in your life to be the masters of light-with optics, the science of the future. This book brings them dozens of exciting experiments to get their heads and hands into optics. Their world will never look the same again!

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