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



Angela Stark
The Optical Society

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

WASHINGTON, September 22 – The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grants, endowed by Milton and Rosalind Chang. The students will present their papers at the Optical Society’s (OSA) 94th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), being held October 24-28 in Rochester, N.Y., USA.  The grant is awarded annually to 20 students in total, who present their research during FiO or the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in May.

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

  • Nathan Heilmann – Brigham Young University, USA
  • Ori Katz – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Robert Keil – Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany
  • Thomas Matthews – Duke University, USA
  • Hayden McGuinness – University of Oregon, USA
  • Joel Rubin – Queens College, the City University of New York, USA
  • Jonathas de Paula Siqueira – Universidade de São Paulo , Brazil
  • Irina Soboleva – Moscow State University, Russia
  • Amy Watkins – University College Cork, Ireland
  • Aram Zeytunyan – Yerevan State University, Armenia

 “The OSA Foundation is honored to help provide these talented young people with the opportunity to present their work during the Frontiers in Optics conference,” said OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan.  I congratulate them for their accomplishments at this stage of their academic careers and we look forward to learning more about their research.”

Applications for the travel grant are reviewed by the Awards Subcommittee of the OSA’s 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 their work during the FiO or CLEO events.

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

About Frontiers in Optics
FiO 2010 is the OSA’s 94th Annual Meeting and is being held together with LS XXVI, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, fascinating invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in physics, biology and chemistry. The FiO 2010 conference will also offer a number of Short Courses designed to increase participants’ knowledge of a specific subject while offering the experience of insightful teachers. An exhibit floor featuring leading optics companies will further enhance the meeting.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit