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SPIE Altruism | Engineers and Scientists Shape the Future

Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by becoming more involved with your Society's altruistic activities.

In 2016, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

SPIE Education Fund
In 2016, SPIE awarded nearly $500,000 to support 153 student scholarships and 30 educational outreach projects.
Student Resources
SPIE programs support student chapters, student author travel, and professional development with a range of programs like Lunch with the Experts at our conferences and the Biophotonics Start Up Challenge.
Educators and Teaching Tools
Free educational resources, posters, videos, hands-on projects, and information about science fair support and educator training.
Global Programs
Global programs include free journal access for developing nations, Visiting Lecturers, support for the International Centere for Theoretical Physics, UNESCO collaboration for teacher training in developing nations, and the Women in Optics network.


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A "Green Lab" program supported by SPIE at the Pennsylvania State Univ. Electro-Optics Center gives high-school students lab experience in analyzing power consumption incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED lighting sources.

"The lab inspires students to think about the environment and the economy," said Jim Einsporn of the Penn State project. "Students discover first-hand the amount of energy used in each source, and the long-term costs of each."