Maiman Student Paper Competition

Maiman Student Paper Competition

This competition was established in 2008 in memory of Theodore Maiman and in acknowledgement of his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. The program recognizes student innovation, research excellence and presentation skills in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics, and is endowed by HRL Laboratories, LLC, IEEE Photonics Society and APS Division of Laser Science.

Papers submitted to CLEO during the regular “call for papers” are eligible for entry. Students must opt-in to the competition during the submissions process.

The finalists will present their papers to a panel of judges in a private session during the conference. The top prize winner receives $3,000 USD, two honorable mention recipients each receive a certificate. The results will be announced during the Plenary Session and the OSA Foundation Luncheon.

Criteria for eligibility

All the following criteria must be met:

  • Submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular submission process and follow all the instructions provided on the submission site.
  • The presenting author must be an undergraduate or graduate student of an educational institution of collegiate grade who is devoting more than half-time to studies within the institution, at the time the paper was written.
  • The paper must be submitted and accepted during the regular “call for papers” process (Note: Postdeadline Papers are not part of this competition).
  • Student must present the paper during CLEO.

Selection process:

  • All properly submitted papers are reviewed and scored according to standard CLEO Technical Program Committee review criteria.
  • The highest scoring student papers from each submission category (currently, there are [27] twenty-seven categories) will be considered semi-finalists.
  • The Maiman Student Paper Award Review Committee will review all semi-finalists and select three – five finalists.
  • Each finalist will present their paper to the Review Committee in a private session, and be judged on innovation, research excellence and presentation skills.
  • The top prize winner receives $3,000 USD, two honorable mention recipients each receive a certificate.

Submit a paper to CLEO!



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(LtoR) Matthias Lauermann, Fabian Langer, Kevin O'Brien

Grand Prize

Fabian Langer 
University of Regensburg

Honorable Mentions

Matthias Lauermann
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Kevin O’Brien
University of California, Berkeley
United States


(LtoR) Jeffrey Demas, Peter Krogen, Gary Shambat

Grand Prize

Gary Shambat
Stanford University
United States

Honorable Mentions

Jeffrey Demas
Boston University
United States

Peter Krogen
United States


(LtoR) Jeffrey Driscoll, Jun Ong, Chien-Yao Lu

Grand Prize

Jeffrey Driscoll
Columbia University
United States

Honorable Mentions

Jun Ong
University of California, San Diego
United States

Chien-Yao Lu
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
United States



(LtoR) Hugo Benichi, G. Michael Morris

Grand Prize

Hugo Benichi
University of Tokyo

Honorable Mentions

Han-Wei Wang
Purdue University
United States

Gabriel Ycas
University of Colorado, Boulder
United States



(LtoR) James Wyant, Bernardo Kyotoku, Christina Olausson, Brendan Reagan

Grand Prize

Brendan Reagan
Colorado State University
United States

Honorable Mentions

Bernardo Kyotoku
Cornell University
United States

Christina Olausson
Institute for Laser Science



(LtoR) G. Michael Morris, Georg Anetsberger, Jean-Michel Menard, Jens Bethge, Alexander Sawchuk

Grand Prize

Georg Anetsberger
Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik

Honorable Mentions

Jens Bethge
Saratov State University

Jean-Michel Menard
University of Toronto

OSA Foundation
Submit your paper to CLEO

Select "Maiman Student Paper Competition" when submitting your paper to be considered. 

Deadline has passed. Check back in 2016 for more information.

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