Call for Papers Opens forCorning Outstanding Student Paper Award Competition

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FOR RELEASE — July 2, 2007

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Call for papers opens for
Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award competition

New Program to Launch at OFC/NFOEC 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award competition today launched its call for papers.  In its inaugural year, this award competition from Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), made possible through an endowment to the OSA Foundation, will debut at the 2008 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego, Calif.

"As the industry's leading conference for optical communications, OFC/NFOEC provides the ideal venue for this new award competition," said Martin J. Curran, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber, "The rigorous peer review that is associated with the conference already ensures only the highest-caliber papers are accepted, and the Corning Outstanding Student Paper Award competition will single out the best and brightest young minds in the field."

Created to recognize future leaders in optical communications, the Corning award will rank student papers based on innovation, research excellence and author presentation skills. Students interested in submitting a paper to the competition should visit and follow the steps for the regular submission process, making sure to denote that they are submitting their paper for the competition.  Papers submitted to the competition will be reviewed and scored by the OFC/NFOEC technical program committee according to standard review criteria.

To be eligible for the competition, the author must be an undergraduate or graduate student devoting at least 50 percent of his or her time to studies in an academic environment. Additionally, the student must be the primary author on the paper and be the one to give the oral presentation at OFC/NFOEC.

The 10 to 12 papers receiving the highest scores in first-round review will be considered finalists for the onsite component of the competition.  Finalists will be asked to submit supplemental information approximately one month prior to the conference.  These additional requirements will include the lead author's curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, as well as formal proof of student status.  These materials, coupled with a review of the finalists' oral presentations at the meeting, will be used to select the grand-prize winner and the two honorable mention recipients.
The awards will be presented during the post-deadline paper session at OFC/NFOEC 2008 on Thursday, Feb. 28.  The grand-prize winner will receive $1,500; papers of honorable mention will receive $1,000 each.

To submit a paper or for more information, please visit    

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.  Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About the OSA Foundation
The OSA Foundation was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society of America's mission by concentrating its efforts on programs that advance youth science education, support optics and photonics in developing nations, provide education and resources to underserved populations and support OSA's Awards and Honors program.  The grants funded by the OSA Foundation are made possible by the generous donations of its supporters as well as the dollar-for-dollar match by OSA.  The Foundation is exempt from U.S. federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a public charity.  To learn more about the OSA Foundation or to find out how to donate, please visit or email