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Student Newsletter February 2007

Welcome New SPIE Student Chapters!
Two new student chapters were approved at the Board of Directors meeting at Photonics West in San Jose, California. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics students in Peru and the United States, bringing the total number of student chapters to 92.

Student Chapters Shine in '06 
What can 1600 enthusiastic optics students do in a year? The answer might surprise you...

Making the Most of Your Conference Experience
There are many reasons why students should attend conferences: to learn about new technologies from leading scientists, present original research, participate in professional development opportunities, etc. Perhaps one of the best (and sometimes forgotten) reasons is to network.

Latin-American Student Meeting in Cali, Colombia
Cali, the third largest city in Colombia, was the point of reunion for over 120 participants of the tenth National Optics Meeting and the First Andean and Caribbean Conference on Applied Optics. Almost 70% of the attendants were students from 8 different universities in Colombia and other research and educational institutions.

SPIE Photonics West Surpasses Expectations
After continuing the distinction of being the largest photonics technology conference in the world, Photonics West concluded Thursday 25 January. It was reported that the technical conference, courses, and exhibition attracted over 17,000 people (and 900 students) during the week-long event.

First Collaborative Conference Grant Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the Tec de Monterrey, Universidad del Valle, and University of St. Andrews Student Chapters for receiving the first Collaborative Conference Grant of 2007. This funding will support professional development opportunities at the 6th Symposium in Optics / III International Student Chapter Meeting in Monterrey, Mexico, on 8 March.

Have Student News?

E-mail students@SPIE.org with your ideas, outlines, or article text for possible inclusion in the next newsletter. Student News is published quarterly, early in the months of February, May, September, and November.

Upcoming Events

Medical Imaging: Dessert with the Experts
Enjoy a tasty dessert and casual atmosphere while networking with some of the best and brightest minds in medical imaging. Hosted by SPIE Student Services, this event features experts willing to share their experience and wisdom on career paths. Lunch is complimentary to students.
Seating is Limited. Ticket Required.

Student Lunches with the Experts
Enjoy a casual meal and lively discussion with experts at these complimentary events. Hosted by SPIE Student Services,these events will feature experts willing to share their accumulated wisdom on career paths in optics and photonics.
Seating is Limited. Ticket Required.

Don't miss these great upcoming opportunities:
Advanced Lithography
Smart Structures/NDE
Defense & Securities Symposium

Coming to an SPIE conference this year? Check here for the schedule of special events for students such as networking lunches and ice cream socials with conference chairs and plenary speakers.

Publications of Interest

Demand for Solar Energy Products Expected to Reach $1.3 Billion in 2010
"Demand for photovoltaic modules is expected to more than triple from 2005 levels by 2010 to 531 megawatts, valued at $1.3 billion. Advances will be driven by the falling price of solar power, which stems from technological innovations, growing economies of scale and a rising level of government tax incentives and rebates at both the state and federal levels."

Change to U.S. Visa Policy Helps Scholars
"Implementation of a five-year visa for scholars is a step in the right direction, but we need to continue to push for a visa system that supports all legitimate scientific exchange," said Krisinda Plenkovich, SPIE Director of Membership & Education Services. "The Department of State has listened to the recommendations put forward by the scientific and academic communities, and we urge them to continue working to restore the U.S. image as a welcoming nation."

Get Involved

Join Other SPIE Students in the Yahoo! Newsgroup
SPIE Student Members are some of your best resources for learning about opportunities relevant to students and chapters. Sign up for the group and discover what our diverse (and helpful!) community has to offer.

Funding and Career Development

Hooked on Photonics 10-Week Summer Program
Are you an undergraduate student interested in photonics? Three nationally recognized labs will be hosting a 10-week photonics program to undergraduate students. Prepare for graduate school, gain research experience, and receive a competitive stipend for travel and housing.

Apply today!
 Application deadline is 14 February; must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US.

Travel Contingency Grants Fund Student Conference Travel
A generous grant from Newport Spectra-Physics and SPIE can help fund your travel to present a paper at an SPIE conference. Applications are due 10 weeks prior to the conference.

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 résumé.