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Awards Nomination Criteria

Awards Nomination Criteria

The SPIE Awards Program is not only one of the most prestigious ways the Society recognizes excellence, but also one of the longest running SPIE Programs. Since 1959, SPIE has honored the best in optics and photonics for their significant achievements and contributions in advancing the science of light. 

Serving a diverse and inclusive community is a goal of SPIE.  Nominations of historically marginalized groups are especially encouraged. The SPIE Awards committee utilizes a blind review process of nominations, ensuring the elimination of conscious or nonconscious bias when selecting award recipients.

Self-nominations and nominations by others are accepted.

Nominations must include the following information:

  • Citation a brief and specific statement; the basis for the award nomination
  • Narrative - no more than one page
  • Related components:
    • Technical Accomplishments - outstanding technical accomplishments in an educational, research, design, engineering, manufacturing, testing or other capacity
    • Service to the Community
    • Impact to SPIE
    • Other efforts related to the citation
  • A minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) letters of reference from other than the nominator
  • Curriculum vitae - should not exceed 20 pages

Diversity of support is preferred.  Not all letters of recommendation should come from nominee's organization. Letters must be received within two weeks of the nomination deadline.

See details for Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing, which is awarded biannually.

Nominations due July 1st.


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Accomplishments may include but should not be limited to the following:

  • Distinguished and outstanding contributions to optics (or related) education
  • Entrepreneurial or technical management contributions to the optics and photonics industry, government programs or other organizationsService to the Community
  • Clear and outstanding contributions to the international optical community
  • Service to other societies in related fields
  • Participation in activities to raise visibility and support for optics and photonics within governments
  • Publication record, including journal and proceedings papers, books, trade journal articles, technical reports, patent disclosures, and high-level presentations
  • Voluntary work with local schools and science fairs

While publications, presentations and patents serve as good documentation of technical accomplishments, there are often circumstances where the candidate's accomplishments are not directly available or easily presented due to classifications or industrial propriety.  In this case, listings of the contributions with enough detail to justify their consideration by the committee will suffice.  

  • Educational history
  • Work experience
  • Publications
  • Awards
  • Honors
  • Patents