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2019 Named Scholarship Recipients

SPIE awarded $298,000 in optics and photonics education scholarships to 84 outstanding SPIE Student Members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee. 

Since the program began, SPIE has distributed over $6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world. Individual awards range from $3,000 to $11,000.

Jeremy Bos, the 2019 Scholarship Committee Chair, noted, "These students represent the future of the society and have been recognized by our committee for their potential long-term contribution to the field. I would also like to thank our committee for their hard work during the 2019 evaluation process. Finally, thank you to all of the applicants and those who wrote recommendation letters. It is exciting and inspiring to be introduced to these students, their impressive accomplishments, and how optics and photonics fits into their professional development. Congratulations to all of our 2019 SPIE Scholarship winners!"


2019 Top Scholarship Winners:

The SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship was awarded to Derek Burrell, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida (United States). This is the Society's largest and most prestigious scholarship and is sponsored by SPIE.



Gennadii Piavchenko, Orel State University (Russian Federation), was awarded the John Kiel Scholarship which was established to honor SPIE founding member John Kiel, in recognition of his long-standing and significant contributions to the Society. This scholarship is sponsored by SPIE and is awarded for the student's potential for long-term contribution to the field of optics and optical engineering.


Jingyi Yang

The Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship was awarded to Jingyi Yang, Baylor University (United States). This scholarship is awarded in recognition of a student's scholarly achievement in laser technology, engineering, or applications. Funds are provided in part by SPIE.


The Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Rafael Gonzalez Acuña, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). The scholarship was established in memory of Bill Price and Warren Smith, both well-respected members of SPIE's technical community. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the field of optical design and engineering.


Dennis Rich, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States), was awarded the BACUS Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.


Shubham Chandel, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (India), is the recipient of the Teddi Laurin Scholarship. Photonics Media is partnering with SPIE to fund the Teddi Laurin Scholarship to raise awareness of optics and photonics and to foster growth and success in the photonics industry by supporting students involved in photonics. This new scholarship is in memory of Laurin Publishing and Photonics Media founder Teddi Laurin.


Scholarships of Related Interest

The inaugural Nick Cobb Scholarship was awarded to Haoyu Yang a PhD candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The award honors the memory of Nick Cobb, who was an SPIE Senior Member and chief engineer at Mentor Graphics who jointly funds the scholarship with SPIE. The scholarship supports the education of a graduate student studying in a field related to advanced lithography.


The Joe and Agnete Yaver Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Bethany Johns, manager of government relations and public policy at the American Institute of Physics (United States). This Scholarship is awarded to those seeking an advanced degree that provides the business knowledge required to facilitate the advancement and application of optics and photonics research and technology. The scholarship honors the contributions and vision of the Yavers who were instrumental to the technical and financial success of the Society.


Nicholas Takaki, Institute of Optics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Rochester (United States) has been awarded the 2019 Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. This award will be presented at the 2019 UK Optical Design Meeting in London, United Kingdom. This scholarship is supported by the Michael Kidger Memorial Fund in memory of Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer, and member of the optical science and engineering community. For more information, visit www.kidger.com/



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