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2017 Cycle 2 Education Outreach Grant Recipients

SPIE awards $81,000 annually to organizations with optics and photonics related education outreach projects.
Application deadlines are: 31 January (Cycle 1) and 31 May (Cycle 2).

Thirteen education outreach applications were awarded in Cycle 2 this year. Amounts were allocated on a sliding scale and some proposals received partial funding. Applications are judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics and photonics awareness. 

- Albuquerque High School (USA) - to support optics and photonics kit materials for an after school and lunch time STEAM Club, as well as multiple special community events.

- Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada SPIE Student Chapter (Mexico) - to hold an optics eduation contest for undergraduate and graduate students in a scientific area.

- Ghlam Ishaq Khan Institute SPIE Student Chapter (Pakistan)- to present optics and photonics demonstrations, posters, and information on its applications to local schools.

- Lew Wallace Elementary School (USA) - to implement the Optics Rock! program with student presentations reaching students, families, and the community.

- Orel State Univ. SPIE Student Chapter (Russian Federation) - to conduct a series of lectures about optics and photonics among school children in local schools.

- Queens College of the City Univ. of New York (USA) - to feature an optics and photonics component at the annual science open house for NYC high school students.

- Saint Bernard School (USA)- to introduce optics and photonics applications in middle and high school math courses.

- Science Tots (USA) - to participate in the Pittsburgh Maker Faire event and demonstrate the efficiency of solar cells as they convert sunlight to power, the dispersion of white light, reflection, and construction of periscopes and kaleidoscopes.

- STEM Tech Neighborhood Academy (National Technical Association) (USA) - to implement solar energy outreach projects within low-income neighborhoods, demonstrating the practical application of optics and photonics technology.

- Univ. of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences SOCk Student Chapter (USA) - to work with high school students and teachers to build and operate a transiting exoplanet survey instrument as part of the PANOPTES project.

- Univ. Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) (Mexico) - to support special projects that will perform school visits and public events with activities related to optics, photonics, and astronomy.

- Univ. of Maryland College Park (USA) - to demonstrate optical techniques in astronomical instrumentation at the public exhibit, "Maryland Day UMD".

- Univ. of Oulu SPIE Student Chapter (Finland) - to participate in scientific events that reach the community in Oulu.