Students Awarded Travel Grants to OSA Optics and Photonics Congress


Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Students Awarded Travel Grants to OSA Optics and Photonics Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2- The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the recipients of travel grants to the Optical Society’s (OSA) Lasers, Sources, and Related Photonics Devices Congress taking place this week in San Diego. The OSAF Student Travel Grant Program is designed to provide career development opportunities by assisting students who wish to attend conferences and meetings. The grants are given to students working or studying science in qualifying developing nations so they can attend OSA-managed technical meetings and conferences. This year’s winners represent three countries from three continents.

The following students were awarded travel grants:

  • Julius Darginavicius, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Hongya Yang, Institute of Quantum Electronics, Peking University, China
  • Leonor Garcia-Martinez, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Mexico

The winners receive $1,000 USD in travel support and are selected by the co-chairs of the co-located topical meetings that make up the Congress. Their applications are judged on the following criteria:

  • Work or study in a qualifying developing nation
  • Enrollment in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program
  • Demonstrated need for travel support
  • Statement on the value of attending the conference

More information on the Student Travel Grant Program is available on the OSAF website. More information regarding the Lasers, Sources, and Related Photonics Devices Congress can be found on the OSA website.

About the OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was established in 2002 to support philanthropic activities that help further the Optical Society's (OSA) mission. The OSAF is concentrating its efforts on programs that provide career and professional development resources and support awards and honors that recognize technical and business excellence. 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, please visit