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MKS Instruments Research Excellence Awards

The MKS Instruments Research Excellence Travel Awards Program provides funding for university students to attend and present their research at the two largest meetings of SPIE, Photonics West and Optics + Photonics. Apply for the SPIE Student Author Travel Grant for Photonics West or Optics + Photonics, and you will automatically be considered for the MKS Instruments Award.

We thank MKS Instruments, Inc. for their generous support for the MKS Instruments Research Excellence Travel Awards Program.

Optics + Photonics 2018 Recipients

  • Ruchi, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • John Bagshaw, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University
  • Jordyn Brinkley, University of California, Merced
  • Zhi Cai, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Manoj M, Cochin University of Science and Technology
  • Oluwatobi Olorunsola, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
  • Radhika Poduval, University College London
  • Worawee Saei, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • Callum Stirling, University of Southampton
  • Sebastian Vergara Palacio, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Medellin
  • Alisha Vira, Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics

Photonics West 2018 Recipients

  • Mercy Asiedu, Duke University
  • Kelsey Leeburg, Vanderbilt University
  • Xiaokang Li, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Daniel Louie, University of British Columbia
  • Yang Lu, Aston University
  • Daniela Margarito, University Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Jane Nguyen, University of New Mexico
  • John Parker, University of Chicago
  • Yuba Poudel, University of North Texas
  • Thanthanat Srisuwan, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • Hazel Stewart, University of Strathclyde
  • Carlos Tovar, Texas A&M University
  • Wennie Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara

Optics + Photonics 2017 Recipients

  • Sheetal Dewan, University of Delhi
  • Surbhi Gupta, University of Delhi
  • Mohsen Jafari, University of Michigan
  • Drew Miles, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Minu Mohan, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Lucas Sanchez, University of Arizona
  • Reena Sri Selvarajan, National University of Malaysia
  • Chunli Ti, Harbin Institute of Technology University
  • Tiffany Victor, Stony Brook University
  • Irene Viola, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  • Aleksandra Wieloszynska, Gdansk Univ. of Technology

Photonics West 2017 Recipients

  • Farzaneh Abolmaali, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Junaid Ahmad, The University of Nottingham
  • Robert Amelard, University of Waterloo
  • Xavier Attendu, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Cristine Calil Kores, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Haiwei Chen, University of Central Florida
  • Gwendolyn Cramer, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Adam Eaton, Miami University
  • Will Goth, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Timothy Mack, McGill University
  • Thomas Moncond'huy, Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble
  • Jameson O'Reilly, Northeastern University
  • Surangkhana Rukdee, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Hyerin Song, Pusan National University
  • Michelle Visbal Onufrak, Purdue University

Optics + Photonics 2016 Recipients

  • Luis Edgar Alanís Carranza, Centro de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica
  • Ramy Ali, Pennsylvania State University
  • Gustavo Castro-Olvera, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México
  • Silvia Galli, Malmö University
  • Blair Kirkpatrick, School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Alejandro Madrid Sánchez, EAFIT University
  • Lauren Schatz, University of Arizona
  • Elaine Maria Stewart, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center
  • Sophie Viaene, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Tatiana Vovk, ITMO University
  • Whitney Ingram, University of Georgia
  • Xi Mou, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Qian Zhang, Nanjing University

Photonics West 2016 Recipients

  • Amélie St-Georges-Robillard, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Antony Chan, The University of Hong Kong
  • Sourav Das Chowdhury, CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute
  • Srivani Padma, Indian Institute of Science
  • Swathi Suran, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science
  • Amir Herzog, Ben-Gurion University
  • Polina Vabishchevich, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Wei-Wen Chen, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica
  • Francesca Troiani, Imperial College London
  • Mohit Ganguly, Vanderbilt University
  • Zhe Guang, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Andrea Curatolo, Univ. of Western Australia
  • Tsz Kwan Lai, The University of Hong Kong
  • Bogusz Stepak, Wroclaw University of Technology
  • Sara Al Menabawy, American Univ. in Cairo
  • Jason Burton, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Timothy Johnson, City College of New York, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Joseph Chue-Sang, Florida International University

Optics + Photonics 2015 Recipients

  • Rebecca Berman, University of Rochester
  • Irena Bojarovska, Technische University Berlin
  • Vladimir Borisov, ITMO University
  • Pradeep Chandran C, Cochin University of Science & Technology
  • Xiaoyang Guo, Sichuan University
  • Yu-Cheng Hsiao, National Chiao Tung University
  • Run Huang, Univ. of Arizona
  • Christian Legaspi, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rosalinda Ortiz, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica
  • Joseph Rushton, The Open University
  • Guillermo Sánchez-Guerrero, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León
  • Zhaoning Song, University of Toledo
  • Anthony Vella, University of Rochester
  • Perla Viera-Gonzalez, University Autónoma de Nuevo León
  • Chen Wang, Zhejiang University

Photonics West 2015 Recipients

  • Utku Baran, University of Washington
  • Liane Bernstein, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
  • Olga Bibikova, University of Oulu
  • Angela D'esposito, University College London
  • Itai Epstein, Tel Aviv University
  • Jami Johnson, The University of Auckland
  • Stefan Kalies, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
  • Rehab Kotb, American University in Cairo
  • Jessica Kwong, University of California, Irvine
  • Kuan-Yu Li, National Taiwan University
  • Stephen Misak, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Mohammad Amin Nazirzadeh, Bilkent University
  • Stephen Restaino, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Hyerin Song, Pusan National University
  • Zuleykhan Tomova, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Daming Xu, CREOL, University of Central Florida
  • Zhou Yang, University of New Mexico

Optics + Photonics 2014 Recipients

  • Stephen Bauman, University of Arkansas
  • Edson Belido Sosa, McMaster University
  • Curtis Firby, University of Alberta
  • Jack Fitzsimons, Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • Pinhas Girshovitz, Tel-Aviv University
  • Manjin Liu, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Juan Martinez-Carranza, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Jonathan Mishler, University of Arkansas
  • Rafael Páez, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Óptica y Electrónica
  • Michael Soskind, Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey
  • François Thierry, Aix-Marseille University

Photonics West 2014 Recipients

  • Karin Asplund, University of Washington
  • Joel Bixler, Texas A&M University
  • Jessica Butterworth, The University of Nottingham
  • Yi Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Benjamin Cox, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sabine Donner, Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V.
  • Steffan Driever, Imperial College London
  • Amy Frees, Duke University
  • Christian Hauswald, Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics
  • Krishna Iyer, University of Waterloo
  • Melanie McLaren, National Laser Ctr., CSIR
  • Lelia B. Mostaco-Guidolin, University of Manitoba & National Research Council Canada
  • Jian Mu, Sichuan University
  • Isaac Pence, Vanderbilt University
  • Wei Shi, University of Alberta
  • Vasyl Syrvatka, Institute of Animal Biology NAAS
  • Guangming Tao, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida
  • Luka Vidovic, Jožef Stefan Institute

Optics + Photonics 2013 Recipients

  • Tarig Algadey, University of Dayton
  • Lucie Devys, Ecole Polytechnique
  • Christopher Eng, Stony Brook University
  • Ronan Havelin, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Xiaoli Jin, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Heather Lemire, Case Western Reserve Univ.
  • Eran Maimon, Tel Aviv University
  • Martin I. Rodriguez Rodriguez, Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
  • Yaoguang Rong, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Stephen Swinotek, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Chen Wang, Northwestern University
  • Honglie Xu, School of Electronic and Optical Engineering
  • Ku Zhiliang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Photonics West 2013 Recipients

  • Isinsu Baylam, Koc University
  • Kiran Bhattacharyya, University of Missouri
  • Sandrine Filion Côté, McGill University
  • Christopher Head, University of Southhampton
  • Derek Heeger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Swarnapali Indrasekara, Rutgers University
  • Kelsey Kennedy, University of Western Australia
  • Hamdam Nikkhah, University of Ottawa
  • Lucas Paluchowski, Norwegian University. of Science and Tech.
  • Lorenzo Romeo, NEST-Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Chaotan Sima, University of Southampton
  • Jason Tucker-Schwartz, Vanderbilt University
  • Adam Tuer, University of Toronto
  • Shota Ushiba, Osaka University
  • Atena Zahedi, University of California, Riverside
  • Xingwang Zhang, Fudan University

Optics + Photonics 2012 Recipients

  • Ming-Syuan Chen, National Chiao Tung University
  • Tigran Dadalyan, Yerevan State University
  • Evgenij Dashkevich, St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation
  • Alina Ionescu, University of Bucharest
  • Maria Khokhlova, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Han Li, University of Dayton
  • Hung-Ju Lin, National Central University
  • Andrew Lohn, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Kate Norris, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Yu-Shih Tsou, National Chiao Tung University

Optics + Photonics 2011 Recipients

  • Corrie Vandervlugt, University of Arizona
  • Angelika Luchenko, Institute of Semiconductor Physics
  • Marina Buljan, University Politecnica Madrid
  • Bharathwaj Appan Narasimhan, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Yingchi Liu, Universityof North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Wen Cheng, University of Dayton
  • Vahan Malkhasyan, Yerevan State University
  • Viorel Nastasa, University of Bucharest
  • Katarzyna Wysocka-Krol, Wroclaw University of Technology

 

Photonics West 2011 Recipients

Optics + Photonics 2010 Recipients

Photonics West 2010 Recipients

Optics + Photonics 2009 Recipients

Photonics West 2009 Recipients

Optics + Photonics 2008 Recipients

Photonics West 2008 Recipients

Optics + Photonics 2007 Recipients

Photonics West 2007 Recipients

Optics + Photonics 2006 Recipients