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    Rising Researcher applications due 16 October

    SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing Rising Researchers

    The SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) Rising Researcher program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the defense, commercial, and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields.

    The intent is to provide personal recognition, offer further professional growth and networking opportunities, make it easy to participate in the 2018 technical program, and create possibilities for future SPIE DCS program/topic involvement or leadership roles.

    2018 Rising Researchers application information will be available soon

    Important dates

     • Abstract submission deadline 9 October 2017
     • Rising Researchers application deadline 16 October 2017
     • Selected Rising Researchers notified November 2017

    Benefits of the program

    Selected 2018 Rising Researchers will receive:
     • 1 SPIE DCS 2018 Fee Waiver (with Proceedings)
     • 1-year SPIE Early Career Professional membership
     • 1 fee waiver for a half-day course at SPIE DCS
     • Paper identified as a 2018 Rising Researcher in the conference program
     • Special invitation to networking opportunities at the SPIE DCS 2018 event
     • Acknowledgement in the SPIE DCS 2018 Final Program and may be featured in other SPIE materials, such as SPIE Professional Magazine


    Open to early career professionals—scientific researchers, product developers, and/or industry professionals—working in science and technology areas addressed within the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing program.
     • Researchers located anywhere in the world and who received their terminal degree in the past 10 years (after 16 October 2007).
     • Students—those who have not yet completed their terminal degree—are not eligible to apply for this award package and recognition.
     • Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply.
     • There are no age restrictions.
     • SPIE Membership is not required.
     • Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


    Qualified early career professionals may apply as a Rising Researcher after submitting an abstract to the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing program by the 9 October due date.
    Rising Researcher applications must submit the following by 16 October:
     • Letter of recommendation
     • CV or resume and contribution history
     • 1-3 minute video sharing the significance of your research
     • SPIE DCS abstract submission tracking number
    Submit your application online


    After the 16 October application deadline, application materials will be reviewed by a Rising Researchers Selection Committee. The committee will be made up of 6-10 members from SPIE leadership, industry leadership, Defense + Commercial Sensing Chairs, and the Steering Committee.
     • The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the researcher's potential long-term contribution to sensing, imaging, optics, photonics, and related fields.
     • Applications are judged based on the contribution of the researcher to the scientific, educational, or economic impact of optics and photonics.
     • Merit will be judged relative to other applicants with similar professional backgrounds.
    Selections will be announced in November and will be identified online and in SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2018 materials.