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SPIE Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

SPIE awarded $298,000 in optics and photonics education scholarships to 78 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.

Kate Medicus, the 2021 Scholarship Committee Chair, noted, "Congratulations to the winners of the SPIE 2021 Education Scholarships! The committee has recognized these students for their potential for long term contribution to the field of optics and photonics. The accomplishments of these students are truly impressive and I look forward to seeing them grow in their careers in optics and photonics. Thank you to all the applicants and those who wrote recommendation letters. I also thank the committee and the SPIE staff that worked hard to complete the application reviews."


2021 Top Scholarship Winners:

Simone Eizagirre Barker

The SPIE D.J. Lovell Scholarship was awarded to Simone Eizagirre Barker, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom). This is the Society's largest and most prestigious scholarship and is sponsored by SPIE.



Riley Logan

Riley Logan, Montana State University (United States), 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.


Murat Yessenov

The Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship was awarded to Murat Yessenov, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (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.


Geoffroi Côté

The Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship was awarded to Geoffroi Côté, Université Laval (Canada). 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.


Maryam Baker

Maryam Baker, James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences (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.


Samuel Ignacio Zapata Valencia

Samuel Ignacio Zapata Valencia, Univ. Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín (Colombia), 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 scholarship is in memory of Laurin Publishing and Photonics Media founder Teddi Laurin.


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