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. We are an educational, not-for-profit organization that contributes a significant percentage of revenue, every month, every year, without a separate funding-raising campaign or administrative foundation. It's what we do.

Read more about the altruistic endeavors of the Society in our Photonics for a Better World blog.

But we couldn't do it without you and the time of volunteers around the world. Want to get involved? Email: help@spie.org

In 2017, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.

SPIE Education Fund
In 2017, SPIE awarded over $370,000 to support 88 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 Photonics West Startup 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 Centre for Theoretical Physics, UNESCO collaboration for teacher training in developing nations, and the Women in Optics network.


 Here are some additional examples of how the SPIE community serves:

  Rising Researchers

  Entrepreneurial Support

  International Day of Light

  Government Advocacy in the USA

  Government Advocacy Internationally

  Congressional Fellowships

  Post-doc Research Fellowships

  Scholarships for Aspiring Managers

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SPIE Altruism Blog

Photonics for a Better World

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."