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Student Newsletter January 2004

Report on Photonics West 2004 Student Events
I had the great opportunity at Photonics West to meet and re-meet more students from all over the world. In addition to the "student only" events at the Symposium -- Student Networking Reception and a night at a local billiards hall sponsored by Newport Corporation -- there were additional events for Student Chapter Officers.

After a mini-introduction to SPIE and an overview of Student Chapter benefits, the officers went to lunch at a local diner. Later in the week a small group toured the exhibit hall with Dr. Leo Irakliotis, Chair of the SPIE's IT Committee and were invited to lunch with Dr. James Grote, Chair of the Membership Committee. The officers were able to voice their opinions on current SPIE benefits and also bring forward new ideas for offerings. We are already planning events for the Annual Meeting in August, and working to implement some of the new ideas.

The photo is from lunch after the Student Chapter Officers orientation. Later, we decided to hold official nap time since we all drank too many milkshakes.

My sincere thank you to all students who attended for contributing to a successful conference!
--Gretchen Gerish, Student Services Coordinator

The general mood at the SPIEWorks booth at Photonics West 2004 was upbeat. There was an encouraging amount of activity from companies seeking employees. The SPIEWorks online Career Expo for Photonics West posted 181 jobs from 64 companies, an increase of close to 100% over the 2003 meeting.

Meeting attendees met and interviewed with recruiters from Northrop Grumman, Ball Aerospace & Technology, Boeing, General Atomics, Spectra Physics, and many others. Job seekers posted their resumes/CVs to the online Career Expo (a database actively searched by employers onsite) and had the opportunity to attend a workshop on interview preparation.

The next recruiting event is planned for mid April at Defense Sensing & Security.

Special Student Member Rate Available for SPIE Digital Library
The new SPIE Digital Library includes papers and journal articles from 1998 forward. The special annual subscription for student members is $75 USD and includes 50 full-text papers.

Medical Imaging
15 February - 20 February, San Diego, CA
The Michael B. Merickel Best Student Paper Award in 2004

The winner of this award will be a student without a doctoral degree who is the principal author of the paper selected by the symposium chairs. This award will consist of two prizes: a $1,000 cash prize and a plaque to the first place winner, and a $500 cash prize and a plaque to the second place winner. The symposium chairs will announce the best student paper at the Tuesday Plenary Presentation Session.

"No Necktie" Student Networking Reception
Monday 16 February, 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Royal Palm V-VI

Join us for an informal gathering where you can hear from the experts what it's like to work in the field. Short presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Microlithography, Santa Clara, CA
Student Networking Luncheon
Wednesday 25 February, Noon to 1:00 pm

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with SPIE leaders, company representatives, and other students. Exchange ideas and make valuable contacts while enjoying lunch provided by SPIE. All student attendees are invited. Sign up at the SPIE Registration desk by 12:00 noon, Tuesday if you plan to attend.

Defense and Security Symposium (formerly AeroSense), Orlando, FL
Student Networking Luncheon
Monday 12 April 2004 Noon to 1:00 pm
All student attendees are invited to attend.

New Student Chapter Handbook Available
All the information you need for forming and maintaining a Chapter is in the SPIE Student Chapter Handbook.

Student Chapter Updates

Welcome New Student Chapters!

Brunel University
London, UK

Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, OR USA

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC USA

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH USA

Wroclaw University of Technology
"We are very glad to have received the message that our SPIE Student Chapter has been accepted. We plan to create a web page for our Chapter to showcase our activities and facilitate communication with with other Student Chapters. On a smaller scale, we want to invite scientists to give lectures on subjects connected with Optics and Optoelectonics."

Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University
The Chapter helped organize the 4th International Young Scientists Conference -- "Problems of Optics and High Technology Material Science". Over 175 reports were presented at the conference; representing the work of scientists from Belarus, Ireland, Russia, the UK and the USA. The 5th conference will be held 28-31 October 2004. Details are at http://users.ink.kiev.ua/~spoconference

M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
Student Chapters members participated in a joint Chapter meeting at the III International Conference for Students, Young Scientists and Engineers. The Chapters represented were M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ., Institute for Atomic Physics (Romania), Bauman Moscow State University (Russia), Saratov State University (Russia), Vinnitsa State Technical University (Ukraine), and the St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (Russia)

Niagara College
President, Phil Alfieri writes: "I am very pleased to announce that the Photonics program has welcomed new faculty: Treena Grevatt and Ahsan Zaheer Chowdary, two full-time professors that aim to give a fresh breath to the program while having great ideas for the Chapter. Some of the activities currently underway focus mainly on the final semester of our tenure at the college. We are compiling a resume/student profile CD for the ominous job hunt that is before us. We have organized a job seminar with Janet Forfar from the college's job fair centre. In addition, we have in the works, a gathering for all students in the Photonics program; a sort of meet and greet for everyone."