The OSA Foundation Siegman International School on Lasers

6 - 11 August 2017


Hosted By: Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica (CIO)
Leon, Mexico

 The application to apply to attend the 2017 school is now open!

This week long program hosted in 2017 by Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO), co-founded by the OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, provides up to 100 graduate students from around the world the opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration, and promote research and engineering for the optical community.


Application Requirements
The application to attend the 2017 school is open and the deadline to apply is 30 March 2017.

Required documents:

  • CV/Resume

  • Personal Statement:1 page, to include motivation for attending, research interests and any achievements to date.

  • Student Advisor’s Letter of Recommendation: Letter should explicitly address how the school will benefit the applicant’s research and  professional development as well as how they will add to the week long experience. Letter must be submitted at the time of the application.

Application Review Process:
All applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee and students will be notified of acceptance in early May 2017.

Funding should never be a reason to not apply to attend the Siegman School. In 2015 and 2016 100% of the students requesting funding received enought to attend the school.

Registration: $900(USD due at time of registration following acceptance)
Registration includes all meals and accommodations from Sunday, 6 August – Saturday, 11 August and all meeting publications. Fee is due at the time of registration.
Travel: Students are responsible for their own travel to and from the school. The host institution will provide Visa letters for those requesting or requiring documents for travel.
Grants: Travel and registration grants will be available and determined based on student need. Grants in the past have ranged between $200-$700 for travel and $100-$500 for registration. Students will receive notification of ther grant requests at the time of acceptance to the school.

Other Funding Sources to Consider: Grant funds are limited and students should research all potential funding support such as their university, department, or government for alternative funding opportunities.
Program Overview
The school begins on Sunday, 6 August with an Opening Evening Reception for all participants including students and school faculty. Sessions will include lectures from several renowned speakers, presentations from local industry leaders and engineers, a student poster session and ample time for networking among participants and school faculty. Check back often for additional details as they are confirmed.

Confirmed Speakers:

Andrew Forbes, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Classical and quantum properties of vector vortex light fields
Michael Damzen, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Wavelength tunable lasers for space and airborne remove sensing
Donna Strickland, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Laser pulses compression techniques
Anna Bezryadina, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Optical tweezers applications in the bacteria trapping and manipulation
Judy Su, University of Arizona, USA
  • Microtoroid resonators
Mercedeh Khajavikhan, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Coherent properties of metallic nanolasers
Liang Feng, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
  • Orbital angular momentum microlasers
Roberto Morandotti, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Canada
  • On-chip quantum frequency combs
Luis Orozco, University of Maryland, USA
  • Lasers Applications to the Study of the Atomic Quantum Structure
Clemens Kaminski, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Super resolution microscopy, theory and practice
Katarina Svanberg, Lund Laser Centre, Sweden
  • Laser light disease detection 
Jean-luc Dumont, Principae, Belgium
  • Professional Development Workshop


"I chose to apply to attend the Siegman School for the opportunity to directly learn from, and interact with, the distinguished lecturers for the duration of the school and the ability to network with other graduate students from around the world of simiiar research interests." - James D. Gaynor, University of Washington

About IPG Photonics
About The OSA Foundation

Local Program Committee

Eric Rosas (Chairman)
Vicente Aboites (Academic Program)
Elder de la Rosa (CIO Director General)
Annette Torres (Secretariat)
Eleonor León (Communications Management)
Samantha Salinas (Communications Assistant)

2017 Host Institution 

Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO)




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