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.
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  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!
Recipients and Finalists
(LtoR) Matthias Lauermann, Fabian Langer, Kevin O'Brien
University of Regensburg
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of California, Berkeley
(LtoR) Jeffrey Demas, Peter Krogen, Gary Shambat
(LtoR) Jeffrey Driscoll, Jun Ong, Chien-Yao Lu
University of California, San Diego
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(LtoR) Hugo Benichi, G. Michael Morris
University of Tokyo
University of Colorado, Boulder
(LtoR) James Wyant, Bernardo Kyotoku, Christina Olausson, Brendan Reagan
Colorado State University
Institute for Laser Science
(LtoR) G. Michael Morris, Georg Anetsberger, Jean-Michel Menard, Jens Bethge, Alexander Sawchuk
Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik
Saratov State University
University of Toronto