Students Receive Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grants to Present Papers at CLEO


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Students Receive Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grants to Present Papers at CLEO

WASHINGTON, May 12 The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce this years 10 recipients of the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grants, endowed by Milton and Rosalind Chang, who will present their papers at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) to be held next week in San Jose, Calif. The 10 students hail from six different countries and were selected from a record 105 applications. The grant is awarded annually to 20 top students in total, who present papers during CLEO or the Optical Societys (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO).

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

  • Martynas Beresna, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Chieh-feng Chang, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Christian Smith, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Alvaro Casas Bedoya, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Thomas Buss, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Pouya Maraghechi, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Martin Bernier, COPL, Universit Laval, Canada
  • Doug French, Purdue University, USA
  • Josue Davila, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Shima Fardad, University of Central Florida, USA


These students have much to contribute to the field of lasers and electro-optics, said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan. OSA and the OSA Foundation are honored to help provide them an opportunity to present their work at CLEO. I congratulate them on their accomplishments at this stage of their academic career.

Applications for the grant are reviewed by the Awards Subcommittee of OSAs Membership and Education Services Council. Students are judged on their paper submission, financial need and letters of recommendation. The winners each receive grants to cover travel-related expenses to attend and present at CLEO and FiO. The application deadline for the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant for the 2010 FiO meeting is August 1.

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) 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, please visit


With a distinguished history as the industrys leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) / Quantum Electronics Laser Science Conference (QELS) is where laser technology was first introduced. In 2010, CLEO/QELS will unite the field of lasers and electro-optics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, with content stemming from basic research to industry application. Sponsored by the American Physical Societys (APS) Laser Science Division, the Institute of Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA), CLEO/QELS provides a holistic reflection of the critical developments in the field, showcasing the most significant milestones from laboratory to marketplace. With an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, CLEO/QELS connects all of the critical vertical markets in lasers and electro-optics. For more information, visit the conferences website at