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Student Newsletter November 2005

Great Lakes Chapters Partner for Outreach
The Great Lakes Regional Chapter and students from the University of Dayton, Kent State, and Notre Dame SPIE student chapters conducted a very successful 3-day conference. The first day focused on sharing successful outreach activities to use for teaching optics to young students at the pre-college level. The next two days saw the kickoff of the optics research section of the conference, as well as the meeting of the Great Lakes Regional Chapter.

Student Chapter Profile: The International School of Photonics
What amazing things can a new chapter with 93 members do? Research, education, and community service are all on the schedule for Jijo Ulahannan and the students of the International School of Photonics.

Prof. Malgorzata Kujawinska bids farewell as SPIE president
Few SPIE presidents have been as active an advocate for student needs as Prof. Kujawinska. Her letter reflects on her tenure as president.

Science Fairs Showcase High School Innovation
The next generation of optics professionals is hot on the trail of success at local science fairs around the world.

New SPIE products in 2006

SPIE is poised to launch two new products in January 2006: SPIE Newsroom, a dynamic news website that will cover the latest technical developments in optics and photonics, and SPIE Professional, a quarterly print magazine published exclusively for Society members.
Learn about the future at SPIE.

Upcoming Events

The spring meeting season is almost here, and SPIE Student Services is planning more events for students than ever before. Look for our "Lunch with the Experts" networking events at Photonics West, Medical Imaging, Microlithography, Smart Structures, Defense & Security, Photonics Europe, and other major meetings throughout the year. "Lunch with the Experts" is always free, but pre-registration is required.

Photonics West (21-26 January) already draws the largest contingent of exhibitors of any optics conference in the world-what better place to jump start your career in the optics and photonics industry?

All of these events are completely free and open to all students:

  • Think students can't start their own business?
    Prof. Greg Crawford tells you how it is done
  • Learn the art of Technical Writing and Technical Presentations
  • Network with leaders in the field at "Lunch with the Experts"
  • Optimize your optics resumé with professional help
  • Find a job or chat with a recruiter at the SPIEWorks Career Fair
  • Party with the Research Team from Newport!

Seminars for Students at Medical Imaging

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. Pre-registration is highly recommended as these courses are likely to fill up.

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

Funding and Career Development

SPIE Scholarship Deadline Approaches
All SPIE Student Members are eligible for scholarships from the Society. Ninety-one outstanding individuals and 24 educational institutions received $260,500 in scholarships in 2005. The deadline for applications is 6 January 2006.

Where do I go for my next degree?
Are you graduating in 2006? Thinking about a graduate program in optics or photonics? Now is the time to search the online version of the International Directory of Degree Programs in Optics for your next location-find contacts, classes, advisors, and people to answer your questions before the deadlines.

Who is Hiring Physics Graduates?Employment opportunities for recent physics bachelor's degree recipients exist in all areas of the economy. The AIP has released a state-by-state listing of employers who recently hired new physics graduates to fill technical and professional positions. There is also an alphabetical list of the employers who have hired multiple physics bachelors.

Recent Student Visa Data from AIP
Current visa issues are a major source of stress to overseas students studying in the United States. SPIE is working aggressively to improve the visa situation for students and maintain a sense of openness in the academic world. Students planning visits to the US for study, conferences, or research should thoroughly research the process and lead times necessary for a successful application at the National Academies website and through the US State Department.

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 2005-2006 Competition is open for applications. The fellowship provides three years of financial support including a $30,000 annual stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of research-based graduate studies in relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines are eligible to apply.Application and deadline information.

Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
(Washington DC)
This Graduate Fellowship Program of the National Academies-consisting of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council-is designed to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology, and government. As a result, students in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, business, and law develop essential skills different from those attained in academia, which will help them make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional. Application information is available on the Web.

ICTP/IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) offers IAEA fellowship opportunities to PhD candidates from developing countries in certain optics-related scientific fields. Stipends and travel cost support are provided to work at the ICTP, Elettra Synchrotron Light Facility, Trieste Laser Laboratory, and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. For fellowships starting in May, the deadline for applications is 15 January.

Find the best optics and photonics jobs at SPIEWorks!