Corning Women in Optical Communications Scholarship

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  • Application Dates:
    01 Oct 2020 - 01 Dec 2020
  • Program Prize:

    $3,000 scholarship, and up to $2,000 toward travel expenses

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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 present the Women in Optical Communications Scholarship.

This scholarship is a merit-based prize recognizing outstanding women 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.

Application Dates:

Application Opens: 01 October 2020
Application Closes: 01 December 2020

Applicants Must:

  • Be an OSA member 
  • Be a woman currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university.
  • Have a field of study/research focused on one of the following areas: Optical Components, Devices and Fiber, Networks, Applications and Access or Photonic Systems and Subsystems.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence (GPA, publications, references, other awards/merits).
  • Program requirements recognizes and excludes career breaks from career timelines (e.g., elder care, maternity or paternity leave). 

The Application will Include:

  • Essay Response:
    • How would attending OFC support your career advancement and goals?
  • CV/Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • GPA certification (Unofficial Transcript)

2020 Selection Committee:

  • Faezeh Gholami, IBM
  • Jelena Pesic, Nokia
  • Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino
  • Doug Baney, KeySight Laboratories
  • Clint Schow, Univ. of CA, Santa Barbara
  • Leo Spiekman, AEON Corporation
  • Aleksandra Boskovic, Corning, Inc.

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