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Student Newsletter November 2003

Application Deadline for 2004 SPIE Scholarships and Grants
Completed applications must be submitted by 30 January 2004. Last year, over $210,000 was awarded in scholarships and grants to more than 80 individuals and educational or research institutions

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.

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

New Visiting Lecturer Grant
The Visiting Lecturer program creates an opportunity for personal communication between scholastic and industry leaders and Student Chapters. SPIE provides support for one lecture per year for each Student Chapter, at an average cost of $500 U.S. per lecturer.

Photonics West - Student Reception
Monday, 26 January - Noon to 1:00 pm
All student attendees are invited to relax, socialize, and enjoy refreshments while establishing and renewing connections with colleagues. Please remember to wear your conference registration badges. Dress is casual.

Photonics West - Interviewing Workshop
Thursday 29 January, 10 - 12:00
Sponsored by SPIEWorks - SPIE Members $25;Nonmembers $35
"Fearless Interviewing: How to Win the Job by Communicating with Confidence"
Don't wait until you need a job to update your career building skills! Join us for this workshop designed to better prepare you for interviewing in today's rapidly changing job market. With a strategy that turns anxiety into enthusiasm, "Fearless Interviewing" proposes that you stop seeing the interview as an interrogation and begin seeing it as an opportunity to effectively advance your career. Ms. Stein will cover what interviewers are really looking for, and how to express unique strengths with power and laser-like precision.

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
Location to be announced. Inquire onsite.
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, USA
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 pm Tuesday if you plan to attend.

The First Step Towards Your New Career
Explore your options at SPIEWorks, SPIE's employment website. Browse job opportunities, post your qualifications, register for email notifications (Job Agents) or visit the "resources" section for helpful job search tips.

Student Chapter Updates

Welcome New Student Chapters!

SPIE Student Chapters The Pennsylvania State University
Electrical Engineering
University Park, PA

Tec de Monterrey
Centro de Óptica
Monterrey, Mexico

Wroclaw University of Technology
Wroclaw, Poland

We asked Carlos López Mariscal why he started a Student Chapter at Tec de Monterrey:

"Optics Engineering is an emerging area of research. Recently, some of us were at the SPIE's annual meeting in San Diego and realized the importance of active participation of students in the contribution of new ideas. We believe that the actions that most encourage students' interest in optics are the ones undertaken by other students. We also learned that there is much support from SPIE for students doing what we actually do at Tec.

We firmly believe that our academic work will serve as further motivation for students to get involved in optics and optics' related fields and will eventually encourage them to lead novel paths in technological and scientific advancements."

Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia
The members of the Chapter had fact-finding excursions to the Technological Design Institute of Scientific Instrument Engineering and the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sveta Jigulina and Lena Samoylova presented reports at the International Conference for Young Scientists in Tomsk (Russia). Ten reports were made at a scientific conference called 'NSTU Days of Science'.

Cambridge University, UK
This chapter held a mini lecture on Arrayed Wave Guides (AWG). Fady El Nahal, member of the Chapter, gave the talk. They also held a tea party at Jesus College grounds where members, as well as non-members of the Chapter, were invited and briefed about the aims and activities of the Society.

Koç University, Turkey
In order to promote Optics education in local schools, the Koç University Chapter organized optics lectures and experiments given to a number of middle school students living in the Sariyer region of Istanbul. The Chapter has published an electronic journal called 'NewTone'. It includes popular scientific articles, mainly related to optics and photonics. The Vice-President of the Chapter, Bora Akcay, and the Chapter journalist, Cenk Yildiz, participated in the 4th European Youth Festival. They opened a Chapter stand and introduced the activities and benefits of SPIE membership to youth organizations from 24 different countries.

Kent State University, Ohio
The Kent State Chapter invited Paul F. McManamon, Secretary of SPIE in 2004, to give a seminar for the chapter and the Liquid Crystal Institute, on 8 October, 2004. He not only accepted the invitation for the seminar, but also kindly agreed to play a soccer game with them. The seminar by Paul on Optical Phased Arrays was followed by a student luncheon and the soccer game. An enjoyable educational day was had by all.