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Student Newsletter February 2006

Photonics West Highlights

Photonics West hosted the largest student attendance of all SPIE conferences. SPIE Student Services sponsored several events for students at the conference, helping them come face-to-face with leaders in the field.

  • Student Networking lunch hosts 75 students. The Wednesday complimentary "Lunch with the Experts" successfully brought together 25 conference chairs from the BiOS, LASE, Opto, and MEMS/MOEMS conferences to talk informally with students over lunch. Judging from the smiles and lingering tables, this event provided a great venue for students to make connections outside their university.
  • The SPIEWorks Career Fair was a solid success with 17 participating companies - many reporting that they had or will have interviews as a result of the show. Participating companies included General Atomics, Spectra-Physics, Newport, Research Electro-Optics Inc., Lincoln Labs, Electro-Optics Technology, Inc., Markem, JDS Uniphase, Ball Aerospace, Tinsley, Limo, Lockheed Martin, Tec5 USA, Northrup Grumman, the National Academies, Digital Optics Corp., Microsoft, and Bausch & Lomb. Attend the next SPIEWorks career fair at the Defense and Security conference and take advantage of these connections. Submit your resume!
  • With over 1000 exhibiting companies onsite, the entrepreneurial spirit was in the air. Prof. Greg Crawford, Brown University, started the week off with an encouraging, strategy-based examination of how students have developed optics-based products to start their own successful technology companies. Savvy students also snuck over to the SPIE market seminars and picked up on the buzz from the growing BiOS division and exhibition.

Welcome New SPIE Student Chapters!
The SPIE Student Chapter program is growing by leaps and bounds. Twenty-three student chapters from all parts of the world formed in 2005, and six more were approved at Photonics West. Why are chapters forming? Increased benefits to members, leadership training, access to experts, and better involvement in the optics community.

SPIE Student Chapters are leaders in promoting the field of optics in their universities and in their communities. Read about the programs initiated by students in the December Student Chapter report.

Upcoming Events

Carlos Lopez-Mariscal and Dr. Eugene G. ArthursAdvice from Dr. Eugene Arthurs on the value of conference networking.

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Spring-the Season for Meetings!
SPIE Student Services is planning more events for students than ever before. Look for our "Lunch with the Experts" networking events at Medical Imaging, Microlithography, Smart Structures & Materials, Defense & Security, Photonics Europe, Astronomy, and other major meetings throughout the year. "Lunch with the Experts" is always free, but pre-registration is required.

Seminars for Students at Medical Imaging Conference
Two leaders in the Medical Imaging field, Elizabeth Krupinski and Kenneth Hanson, will give special courses on "Early Career Professional Development in Medical Imaging" and "Writing for Publication in Medical Imaging." SPIE Student Members receive 50% off course costs. These courses fill up fast, so pre-registration is essential. If you would like to add these to your existing MI registration, email Linda Warren.

Evening Seminar for Students at Defense & Security Conference
Monday 17 April 6:30 to 7:30 pm
"...and where do we go from here?"

Dr. Robert Rosner, Director of Argonne National Labs, will speak on opportunities for student professional development through the National Labs and look at growth fields in optics.

Check out the calendar of SPIE conferences for an opportunity to present your research. Some travel support is available on a competitive basis.

SPIE Newsroom: Your Technical Community News Source comprised of the 13 most popular SPIE Technical Communities, connecting you to the news and insights that matter most. SPIE Newsroom is poised to launch mid-February.

Funding and Career Development

Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design 2006
Applications are invited for the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design 2006, which will be awarded at the International Optical Design Conference, 4-8 June 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Closing date for applications is 28 February 2006.

The International Liquid Crystal Society Multimedia Prize
Apply today for this prize that serves to promote and diffuse knowledge of liquid crystal science and technology using modern multimedia and the internet. The award is for an outstanding web-based multimedia scientific presentation on liquid crystals or related subjects by a graduate or undergraduate student. The Multimedia Award includes a $500 USD cash award and a certificate. In order to make a nomination for the 2006 ILCS Multi Media Prize, please fill out the web-based form. The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2006.

New Program from the National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health has announced a new program to help young scientists make the transition from postdoctoral researchers to tenure-track (or the equivalent) professors.

Find the best optics and photonics jobs at SPIEWorks!
Use SPIEWorks.com to research potential career options, find current job postings, and take the opportunity to post your own resumé.