Women in Optical Communications: Scholarship

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The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarships.

Deadline: Closed for 2019

Driving innovation in the global communication network requires bringing a diverse group of people together to tackle challenges such as enabling 5G and the Internet-of-Things. To support gender diversity in the optical communications industry, The OSA Foundation (OSAF) and Corning, Inc. are pleased to announce the Women in Optical Communications Scholarship. This scholarship is a merit-based prize recognizing outstanding women graduate students studying optical communications and networking. Three $3,000 USD scholarships will be distributed annually to supplement tuition, mandatory fees, and other expenses.  Additionally, winners will receive up to $2,000 USD in travel expenses, housing and registration fees to attend the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC). Recipients will be recognized at OFC.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An OSA member woman currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university.
  • Field of study/research should be focused on one of the following areas: Optical Components, Devices and Fiber, Networks, Applications and Access or Photonic Systems and Subsystems.
  • Demonstrated academic excellence (GPA, publications, references, other awards/merits).

Applications must include:

  • A CV or resume.
  • Personal statement describing academic/professional background and interest in the scholarship in 500 words or less.
    • What are your educational and career goals?
    • Describe your experiences and/or interests related to optical networking, data center science, computing, engineering, or related areas?
    • OSAF and Corning encourage the participation and leadership of women in optical communications and networking. How could you help us achieve this mission?
  • Academic transcripts covering the last 3 years.
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing your merits for receiving this scholarship.

Scholarship Recipients 2019

  • Tali Septon, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • Fatemeh Alishahi, University of Southern California, USA
  • Yun Gao, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Corning Scholarship and Travel Grant Committee 2018

  • Govind Agrawal, University of Rochester, USA
  • Polina Bayvel, Univeristy College London, UK
  • Daniel Blumenthal, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
  • Aleksandra Boskovic, Corning, USA
  • Marija Furdek, Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Kista, Sweden
  • Lynn Nelson, AT&T, USA