Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Student Travel Grants

Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Student Travel Grants

Established in 2009 by Optical Research Associates (ORA), now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys, as a memorial to ORA’s former President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Hilbert, this program recognizes the research excellence of students in the areas of optical engineering, lens design and illumination design. Three grants of $1,100 USD can be awarded annually. We thank the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys for their sponsorship of this program.

Criteria for Eligibility

  1. Applicant must be the presenter of an accepted paper at a qualifying meeting (Note: preference is given to oral presentations, but posters are eligible as well.)
  2. 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.
  3. Accepted paper/poster must include research in the areas of optical engineering, lens design and/or illumination design.
  4. Applicants are encouraged to include graphics created using either CODE V® or LightTools®.

Application Requirements

Please combine the following materials into one document as a .pdf file. Name your file "FirstName.LastName.Hilbert".
  1. Copy of the paper and abstract submitted to the meeting
  2. 2 Letters 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



Haoran Ren, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Nithyanandan K.
, Pondicherry University, India

Peng Wang, University of Utah, US


Tamer Elazhary, University of Arizona, US
Aaron Bauer, University of Rochester, US
Stacey Sueoka, University of Arizona, US


Julie Kho, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Doron Bar-Lev
, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Stephen J. Olivas, University of California, San Diego, US


Benjamin Alonso
, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

Matthew Barnum (right), University of Arizona, US

Anthony Visconti (left), University of Rochester, US


Sergio Carbajo
(left), Colorado State University, US

Ying Geng (right) University of Rochester, US

Akondi Vyas (right), Indian Institute of Astrophysics, India


Amber Beckley
(right), University of Rochester, US

Joshua Kim (right), University of Arizona, US

Garam Yun
(right), University of Arizona, US
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