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Optics Students Receive Grants to Travel to CLEO 2009

WASHINGTON, May 29–Funded through an endowment to the OSA Foundation by Milton and Rosalind Chang, the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant has been awarded to 10 graduate students who will present papers during the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO) next week in Baltimore. The 10 students coming to CLEO from eight different countries were chosen from more than 50 highly-qualified applicants. The grant is awarded annually to 20 top students overall, who present papers during CLEO or the Optical Society Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO).

The following students were awarded grants to present their work at CLEO:

  • Jia Chen, Walter Schottky Institute, Germany
  • Harold Dehez, INRS-EMT, Canada
  • Moti Fridman, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Euan McLeod, Princeton University, USA
  • Kristopher Rowland, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Kanwarpal Singh, INRS-EMT, Canada
  • Hu “Tiger” Tao, Boston University, USA
  • Petter Westberg, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Xiaoxia Wu, University of Southern California, USA
  • Marco Zanola, University of Pavia, Italy

“Travel grant programs give outstanding students an opportunity to present their research and network with top optics leaders at the premier laser conference in the world,” said Elizabeth Rogan, OSA CEO. “On behalf of the OSA Foundation, I congratulate this year’s winners and wish them the best as they prepare for their future careers as leading professionals in the field of optics and photonics.”

About the OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, provide optics and photonics education to underserved populations, provide career and professional development resources and support awards & honors that recognize technical and business excellence. The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA. The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity. To learn more about the OSA Foundation or to find out how to donate, please visit www.osa-foundation.org or email foundation@osa.org.

About CLEO/IQEC
With a distinguished history as one of the industry’s leading events on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the International Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO/IQEC) is where laser technology was first introduced. CLEO/IQEC combines the strength of peer-reviewed scientific programming with an applications-focused exhibition to showcase the present and future of this technology. Sponsored by the American Physical Society’s (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO/IQEC provides an educational forum, complete with a dynamic Plenary, short courses, tutorials, workshops and more, on topics as diverse as its attendee base whose broad spectrum of interests range from biomedicine to defense to optical communications and beyond. For more information, visit the conference’s Web site at www.cleoconference.org.

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