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

  • Copy of the paper abstract submitted to FiO
  • Letter of support from an advisor or professor
  • Statement explaining the value of attending FiO
  • Resume/CV



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
Application period will open in 2015

1 August 2015

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