Four International Students Awarded Travel Grants by the OSA Foundation


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Four International Students Awarded Travel Grants by the OSA Foundation

WASHINGTON, July 11 – The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the student travel grant recipients for the Optical Society’s (OSA) Advanced Photonics Congress held in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 15-18 and OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress held in Monterey, Calif., June 24-28. The OSAF Student Travel Grant Program awards grants to students working in or studying science in qualifying developing nations so they can attend OSA-managed technical meetings and conferences. This round of winners represents three countries from three continents.

The following students were awarded travel grants:

  • Liang Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    Meeting: Advanced Photonics Congress
  • Francisco Tenopala, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
    Meeting: Advanced Photonics Congress
  • Tewodros Teresa Alemu, Polytechnic University of Turin, Ethiopia
    Meeting: Imaging and Applied Optics Congress
  • Wedajo Feyissa, Polytechnic University of Turin, Ethiopia
    Meeting: Imaging and Applied Optics Congress   

Travel grants average $1,000 per award and recipients are selected by the co-chairs of the topical meetings at the respective Congresses. Applications are based on the following criteria:

  • Work or study in a qualifying developing nation
  • Enrollment in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program
  • Demonstrated need for travel support
  • Student’s submitted statement on the value of attending the conference

More information on the Student Travel Grant Program is available on the OSAF website, and more information on OSA’s Optics and Photonics Congresses can be found on the OSA website.

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