Jean Bennett Memorial Student Travel Grant

Jean Bennett Memorial Student Travel Grant

This program was established in 2008, in memory of Jean M. Bennett, a highly decorated research physicist who was recognized for her contributions to the studies of optical surfaces and served as OSA’s first female president.

One grant of $1,000 USD will be awarded to a student presenting their work at Frontiers in Optics in recognition of their research excellence.

This competition is made possible through the generous support of Nanoptek Corporation, the Pennsylvania State University Department of Physics and individual contributors, including: James C. Wyant, Alexander A. Sawchuk, G. Michael and Ruth Morris, Aden B. Meinel, Julio R. Blanco, Yoshiharu Namba, Leo Hollberg, Siu Au Lee and Dr. Kathleen Richardson.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Applicant must be the presenter of a paper or poster accepted at FiO
  • Applicant 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.

Application Requirements

Please combine the following materials into one document as a .pdf file. Name your file "FirstName.LastName.Bennett".
  1. Copy of the paper and abstract submitted to the meeting
  2. Letter of support from advisor or professor (one page limit)
  3. Statement explaining the value of attending the meeting (one page limit)
  4. Your CV/Resume



Christopher Edwards
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Laszlo Gyongyosi
Budapest University of Technology



Emma Wisniewski-Barker
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom


Micha Nixon

Micha Nixon
Weizmann Institute of Science



Tongcang Li
University of Texas at Austin

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

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