Jean Bennett Memorial Student Travel Grant

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This program was established in 2008, in memory of Jean M. Bennett, a highly decorated research physicist known for her contributions to the studies of optical surfaces and served as OSA’s first female president. In her honor, one grant of $1,000 USD will be awarded to a student member 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.

Application Dates:

The submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular paper submission process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site.
Paper Submission Deadline: 15 May 2020

Applicants Must:

  • Apply at the time of paper submission
  • Be the presenter of a paper or poster accepted at FiO.
  • Be a member of OSA.
  • 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.

The Application will Include:

  • Short Answer Questions
    • In 250 words or less, describe why you first became interested in optics/photonics/physics
    • In 250 words or less, how does optics play a role in your current research?
    • In 250 words or less, identify the impact receiving this grant would have on your career.
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Accepted Paper and Abstract
  • Two Reference Letters

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