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Student Newsletter July 2004

Photonics Europe: Innovation Village Awards
The SPIE Photonics Europe Event featured the Innovation Village Awards, which included projects with commercial applications developed in both university research facilities and startups. The projects represented 17 groups from 9 countries. Congratulations to all of the participants:

  • Best overall project
    First prize: School of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), "All fiber three port optical interleaver/de-interleaver)"
    Second prize: Institute für Mikrostructuretechnik, University of Karlsruhe and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany),"Ferromagnetic shape memory microscanner"
  • Best multidisciplinary project
    First prize: Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), "Interferometric heads for microelements testing" and "Optical full field extensometer"
    Second prize: Laboratoire des Systemes Photoniques (LSP), Universite Louis Pasteur, Illkirch (France), "Three dimensional vision through internet"
  • Best innovative project
    First prize: Oy Optoinspection Ltd (Finland), "Laser based quality inspection of composite structures and high speed profile measurements"
    Second prize: CamRapid LSIIT- UMR CNRS 7005 (France), "Low Cost High Speed CMOS Camera"

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting proposals for funding under the REU program. This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the research areas funded by the NSF. Student participants in either Supplements or Sites must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. The deadline for REU Sites proposals is 17 August 2004.

The SPIE 49th Annual Meeting
Denver, Colorado USA
Make the most of your time at the SPIE Annual Meeting in Denver. Visit the Student Activity calendar now to plan your Annual Meeting experience. Several of these events require pre-registration and have a limited capacity.

Don't forget! Full-time students with valid student identification receive 50% off short course registration fees!

Student Chapter News, Announcements and Updates

New Digital Library Student Chapter Rate
SPIE Digital Library has a special Student Chapter rate! The special annual subscription for Student Chapters is the same as the Student Member rate of $75 and includes 50 full-text papers. The SPIE Digital Library features over 90,000 full-text papers from SPIE Proceedings and Journals published since 1998. You can use chapter funds or an outside source to pay for the subscription. To sign up, email students@SPIE.org

New SPIE Student Chapter Listserv
Join the SPIE Student Chapter Members-Only listserv at Yahoo! Groups. When you reach the sign up page, please enter your name and membership number in the comments field so that your status in a Chapter can be verified.

Student Chapter Reports Past Due
Student Chapter Reports are past due. Please email your report and current Student Chapter member list to students@SPIE.org by 15 July to keep your Chapter in good standing.

Student Chapter Outreach Award
Are you and/or your Chapter involved in optics outreach to pre-college students? Do you make presentations to younger students or invite them to visit your school to learn more about optics? Email students@SPIE.org describing your outreach efforts or include the details in your Chapter report. There will be an "Outreach Award" presented at the SPIE Annual Meeting in August.

SPIE Press Books Still Available
Surplus SPIE Press books are still available at no charge to Student Chapters. Email students@SPIE.org for details and a list.

Welcome New Student Chapters!

University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shanghai, China

Li Qi, President, "All of the students in our Chapter were very excited about the approval of our SPIE Student Chapter, and we will do our best to make our chapter a successful one. We welcome you and your colleagues to our institute!"

University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center
Tucson, Arizona USA

John Greivenkamp, Advisor, "We were very happy to learn that the Optical Sciences Center SPIE Student Chapter is now formally approved. It's been a long time in the making. We celebrated the occasion by taking a picture with the official certificate."

Student Chapter Updates

Chernivtsi University, Ukraine

A workshop entitled "What is a photon?" exploring the origin and behavior of photons was organized by the Chapter. The photon was chosen as the topic of the discussion, because many characteristics of the photon's nature and behavior are not yet completely studied and understood. The main aim of the workshop was to present previous and current research as to the origin, physical properties, etc. of photons. We are very proud to note that the students presented not only their deep and substantial understanding of the subject under discussion, but also their ability to express their points of view on the problems discussed in English fluently. The importance of the English language in communication between scientists all over the world is highly underestimated, as the majority of international conferences are in English.

M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
MoscowMembers of the Chapter actively participated in the organization of The Laser Graduate School - Short Courses "Modern Problems of Laser Physics" held in April. There were more than 120 participants at the workshop. Students and young scientists from the St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, St. Petersburg State University, Nizhni Novgorod and others also participated. The Scientific program consisted of lectures given by experts in the field of laser physics and nonlinear optics.

St. Petersburg State University of Informational Technologies
We are inviting students to the International Topical Meeting on Optical Sensing and Artificial Vision, OSAV'2004, in St. Petersburg, Russia, 18-21 October 2004. This Topical Meeting is organized within the framework of the Optical Congress, "Basic Problems of Optics 2004", which includes, in particular, a Scientific School for young researchers and students.

Beijing: Tsinghua and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
BeijingOn a family trip to China last month, I had the opportunity to meet with students from these two prestigious universities in Beijing. We discussed difficulties the students have finding time for everyone to meet around busy demanding schedules. I talked about the benefits available to Student Chapters including the visiting lecturer program and the Chapter travel grant. They were interested in the procedure involved in applying for and receiving SPIE scholarships and institutional grants. We also discussed the different philosophies between Chinese and western medicine. GateMy husband and I were given a tour of one of the labs where research on predicting electro-optical interference is being carried out. Then, we went on walking tour of some of Tsinghua's expansive and beautiful campus, parts of which used to be imperial gardens. Tsinghua University is expanding its campus to mirror the growth of China at large, with new buildings educating more and more students in high tech and scientific disciplines.

In China we visited Beijing, including the major sites in the area (Summer Palace, Tianamen Square and The Great Wall to name a few), took a train to Yantai and then a ferry to a small island near Changdao in the northeast. There are many stories to go with the 400+ photos we took but it's enough to say we plan on returning for an even longer trip, soon.
-- Gretchen Gerish, Student Services Coordinator