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Photonics West Best Paper Awards

Honoring outstanding achievement by our researchers

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All-symposia award


SPIE 3D Printing, Fabrication, and Manufacturing Award

SPIE 3D Printing, Fabrication, and Manufacturing highlights papers from BiOS, LASE, and OPTO that showcase innovative ways to apply this multidimensional / multidisciplinary technology. One winner will be selected from each symposium. This award will be presented at the LASE Plenary Session at SPIE Photonics West.

Requirements:

  • During the abstract submission process, add related track "3D" when prompted
  • Be the presenter of an accepted paper at Photonics West
  • Apply for the award by 17 November 2021 11:59 PM PDT

Apply online: 

  • Opens 15 October 2021 12:00 AM PT
  • Closes 17 November 2021 11:59 PM PT
  • Provide an 800 to 2000-word summary explaining how your research is connected with 3D printing, manufacturing, or fabrication
  • Provide your SPIE paper number, paper title, and abstract

Award winners: The award winners will be contacted prior to the conference to confirm their availability to accept the award at the LASE Plenary Session.

Apply online

BiOS best paper awards


Boston Scientific Best Paper Award – Advanced Photonics in Urology

Presentations and manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit and potential clinical impact. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student or resident in urology, must submit an extended technical summary (1~3 pages) of their best results at the time of abstract submission, must present their papers at the conference (oral or poster), and must publish a full manuscript in the SPIE proceedings. Cash awards will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

Award sponsor:

Boston Scientific Logo


Best Student Paper Award – Multiscale Imaging and Spectroscopy

A cash prize will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize best student papers. Presentations and manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student, must have conducted the majority of the research presented in the paper, and must submit their manuscript by the deadline. To be considered, submit your abstract online, select "yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker.

Award sponsor:

BU Photonics Center Logo


Pascal Rol Award 2022 – Ophthalmic Technologies

Outstanding extended abstracts submitted to the Ophthalmic Technologies conference will be nominated for the Pascal Rol Award for Best Paper in Ophthalmic Technologies. The award and prize will be presented after the last scientific session of the conference to recognize the best paper and presentation. The 2021 recipient of the Pascal Rol Award was Pedro Mecê and his colleagues from Langevin Institute (France) (see www.pascalrolfoundation.org).

Johnson&Johnson Vision


Best Student Paper Award – Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize will be awarded to the best student paper in this conference. Qualifying papers and presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee and the winner will be notified at the end of or after the meeting.

Award sponsor:

Microfluidic Chip Shop Logo


Seno Medical Best Paper Awards – Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing

Seno Medical Instruments of San Antonio, Texas, will sponsor the "Best Paper Award" at this conference (Certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $3,000). To qualify for the Award, authors must submit an extended technical Summary (1-3 pages) of their best results at the time of Abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper Award. A Certificate of The Best Paper will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

Award sponsor:

Seno Medical Logo


Photoacoustics Journal Best Poster Award – Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing

Photoacoustics Journal, Elsevier, will sponsor the “Best Poster Award” at this conference (Certificate of recognition to all coauthors and $1,500 cash award). To qualify for the Award, authors must submit a 2-page extended abstract at the time of Abstract submission, present their papers at the conference (oral or poster) and publish a full manuscript in the SPIE Proceedings. A special session will be organized at the conference dedicated to The Best Paper and The Best Poster Awards. A Certificate of The Best Paper or The Best Poster will be presented at the Award Ceremony to be held as the last session of the Conference. Cash award will be delivered after the publication of the conference proceedings volume.

Award sponsor:

Photoacoustics Journal, Elsevier Logo


JenLab Young Investigator Award – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences

We encourage graduate students, postdocs, and scientists or junior faculty who are not more than 32 years old to apply for the JenLab Young Investigator Award. To be eligible for this $2000 cash award, participants must:

  • Be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract for poster presentation
  • Submit the proceedings paper by the due date, prior to the meeting, for review by the selection committee
  • Self-nominate by entering "Jen Lab Young Investigator Award" as a keyword in the abstract
  • Qualified abstracts will be chosen for a 5-minute oral presentation
  • Selection of final two (winner and runner-up) is based on abstract, proceedings manuscript, and 5-minute oral presentation
  • The winner will receive $1500 and the runner-up $500

Submitted proceedings manuscripts may be resubmitted to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by JenLab GmbH, Germany.

Award sponsor:

JenLab logo


Student Poster Session Competition – Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to participate in the poster session competition of the conference on Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences. There is a cash award ($500/award) for the winner(s). The winner(s) will be informed in person or by email and must receive the award in person in the conference hall. Participants should follow the rules and regulations of SPIE for submission of their abstract and manuscript. Participants should also register their names for the competition with the Conference Chairs or Session Chairs during the first day of the conference. Submitted proceeding manuscripts are allowed for resubmission to the Journal of Biomedical Optics (please visit http://spie.org/jbo for details). Prize donated by the Conference Sponsors.


PicoQuant Young Investigator Award – Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Superresolution Imaging

Young scientists (age 30 or below and not yet full faculty members) are encouraged to participate in this best paper competition, which offers a $750 USD cash award. Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Please select "PicoQuant Young Investigator Award" as the last Topic in the abstract submission wizard in order to be considered. This award is sponsored by PicoQuant GmbH Berlin and presented Sunday afternoon.

Award sponsor:

PictoQuant logo


Best Presentation Awards – High-Speed Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy 

We are pleased to announce that PiPhotonics, Hitachi High-Tech, nac Image Technology, and Teledyne SP Devices will sponsor seven Best Presentation Awards for this conference, with a total cash prize of $3,500: one PiPhotonics Best Presentation Award ($500), two Hitachi High-Tech Best Presentation Awards ($500 each), and two nac Image Technology Best Presentation Awards ($500 each). Participants must be both the primary author and presenter of an accepted abstract to be eligible. Qualifying presentations will be evaluated by the awards committee. The winners will be notified at the end of, or after, the meeting.


Award sponsors:

Pi Photonics Hololight logo

Hitachi High-Tech logo

NAC Image Technology logo

Teledyne SP Devices logo


Prizmatix Young Investigator Awards – Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications 

Three $500 USD "Young Investigator Awards" sponsored by Prizmatix Ltd. will be awarded for notable contributions by young scientists presenting their work in this conference. In order to be nominated for the award an extended abstract must be submitted.

Award sponsor:

Prizmatix Logo


Ocean Insight Young Investigator Award – Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications

The Ocean Insight Young Investigator Awards will be given for the best contributed papers presented by a leading author who is either a graduate student or has graduated within less than five years of the paper submission date. Two prizes will be awarded. The First Prize will consist of a $1,000 cash prize for the Young Investigator and $2,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. The Second Prize will consist of a $500 cash prize for the Young Investigator and $1,000 Ocean Insight equipment credit for the laboratory where the work was performed. To be eligible, manuscripts of self-nominating authors must be received by the due date. Nominations should be sent to osinski@chtm.unm.edu and should include a brief CV of the leading author.

Award sponsor:

Ocean Insight logo


Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Award

The Optical Biopsy Best Paper and Best Poster Awards will be given for the best work by a leading/presenting author. Two prizes will be awarded. The first prize will consist of a $300 cash prize for best paper. The second prize will consist of a $300 cash prize for best poster.

LASE best paper awards


Fiber Lasers Best Student Oral Paper Competition – Fiber Lasers: Technology and Systems

For Fiber Lasers: Technology and Systems, we are pleased to announce that a cash prize will be awarded to the best student oral presentation in the conference.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • Be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • Be the submitting author and select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student
  • Select yourself as the speaker
  • Under TOPIC selection, choose “Consider for Best Student Paper Award”
  • Be accepted to present an oral presentation
  • Submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Make the oral presentation

Throughout the conference, qualifying student oral presentations will be evaluated by the conference committee, and the results will be announced in this session. Student presentations will be judged based on scientific merit of the work, and clarity of the presentation. While the award is not judged by the manuscript, a manuscript must be submitted.

Award Sponsors:
NKT Photonics Logo

Active Fiber Systems logo


VECSELs Best Student Presentation Award - Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs)

The committee is pleased to announce that a cash prize of $500, donated by Coherent Inc., will be awarded for the best student presentation; judged, by the committee, on the basis of scientific content, impact, and clarity.

To be eligible for consideration, the student must:

  • Submit their abstract online by the deadline
  • Be the primary author
  • Select “Yes” when asked if they are a full-time student
  • Select themselves as the speaker
  • Be accepted to present an oral presentation
  • Make the oral presentation

Award sponsor:

Coherent


LAMOM Best Student Paper Competition (Oral and Poster) – Laser Applications in Microelectronic and Optoelectronic Manufacturing (LAMOM)

A cash prize will be awarded to the best student oral and poster presentation in this conference.

To be eligible for the awards, you must:

  • Be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • Be the submitting author and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student
  • Select yourself as the speaker
  • Under topic selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • Submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled
  • Not have received this award in the past

Throughout the conference, qualifying student presentations will be evaluated by the conference committee, and the results will be announced during the award ceremony. Student presentations (both oral and poster) will be judged based on scientific merit of the work, and clarity of the presentation. While the award is not judged by the manuscript, a manuscript must be submitted.

Award sponsors:
Okamoto Optics logo

Plymouth Grating Laboratory logo


Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics Best Student Paper Competition – Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications

For Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics: Biomedical, Scientific, and Industrial Applications, we are pleased to announce that cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to the best student presentations in this conference (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; both poster and oral papers considered).

Papers submitted by graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. In order to ensure a fair evaluation, the conference chairs and the program committee will judge the students during a special student competition session held during the conference. Here the students present a brief summary of their original talk or poster presented at the conference.

Following the student competition, the judges will meet and decide on the top three students. Winners will be announced during the award ceremony.

To be eligible for the awards, you must:

  • Be a graduate or undergraduate full-time student
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your abstract online by the deadline
  • Be the submitting author and select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student
  • Select yourself as the speaker
  • Under topic selection, choose “Consider for Best Student Paper Award”
  • Make the oral presentation
  • Attend the competition and present a 4-minute summary (see below)

4-minute summary

Prepare a brief summary to present at the competition. Your slides should entail all elements of a regular talk or poster, condensed into a 4-minute summary:

  • A brief introduction and motivation for the work in the context of existing knowledge
  • A summary of the key research activities and observations would be the main body of the presentation
  • Do not try to cover everything; highlight the most significant factors in your methodology and analysis on which conclusions were drawn
  • The presentation should offer a clear interpretation of data that builds to a clear and final conclusion, telling us clearly what was learned and why the results are new and significant
  • A live Q&A will follow your presentation

Award sponsors:

Amplitude logo

Trumpf logo

OPTO best paper awards


Best Student Paper Awards - Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics

All contributed papers of conference OE105 given by a young scientist (PhD student or postdoc within the first two years after graduation) are eligible for the award. Note that this award is for contributed papers only. Invited papers and contributions to other conferences do not qualify. To facilitate handing out the award during the meeting, applications will be collected prior to the meeting. To qualify for the award, applicants must:

  • Be a young scientist (PhD student or postdoc within the first two years after graduation)
  • Be listed as a contributing author (not invited) on an accepted paper within conference OE105
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript and presentation online by 29 December 2021
  • Present your paper as scheduled
  • Be present at the Awards Ceremony

To apply, qualified applicants must submit:

  • Slides of presentation (Powerpoint or PDF document)
  • Additional information about the scientific content of the presentation. Such information can comprise published or accepted papers related to the presented work or the proceedings article for the conference
  • Date of graduation if you have already completed your PhD

The presentation and the supplementary material should be sent via email to Prof. Markus Betz (please include your SPIE paper number) by 3 January 2022.

Award sponsor:

Class 5 Photonics logo


Innovation Award in Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics

SPIE announces the Innovation Award in Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics at SPIE Photonics West OPTO 2022 initiated by Prof Manijeh Razeghi. These awards will recognize the outstanding scientific contribution of students and outstanding scientists who present the most notable recent discoveries with broad impact in the areas of quantum sensing and nano electronics and photonics. These discoveries should be innovative in that they represent a new paradigm or way of thinking which will have a broad impact in their respective field. Participants will be required to give a 15-minute presentation at the evening technical event on Tuesday 25 January 2022. The winners will be announced at the end of the Tuesday evening event. Winners will be awarded a commemorative plaque as well as a cash prize.

To submit your work for consideration in this awards session, contact Prof. Manijeh Razeghi with a two-page abstract (containing working title, author(s)/affiliation(s), description, and references) by 1 December 2021.


Best Paper Awards - Advanced Fabrication Technologies for Micro/Nano Optics and Photonics

We are pleased to announce that a sponsored cash prize will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in conference OE401. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:

  • Be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • Be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • Submit your abstract online, and select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • When submitting your abstract, under TOPIC selection, choose “Consider for Best Student Paper Award”
  • Be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

Nominations
All submitted papers will be eligible for the awards if they meet the above criteria.

Award sponsor:

NTT Electronics logo


Best Paper Awards - MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize, sponsored by Mirrorcle Technologies, Inc., will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in conference OE402, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:

  • Be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript and presentation online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • Be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • Submit your abstract online, and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • When submitting your abstract, under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • Be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript and presentation online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

Nominations
All submitted papers will be eligible for the awards if they meet the above criteria.

Award sponsor:

Mirrorcle Technologies logo


Best Paper Awards - Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications

We are pleased to announce that a cash prize, sponsored by Texas Instruments DLP Products and ViALUX GmbH will be awarded to the best paper and best student paper in Conference OE403, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. The winners will be announced during the conference and the presenting authors will be awarded a cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Paper Award, you must:

  • Be listed as an author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • Be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • Submit your abstract online, and select "Yes" when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker
  • When submitting your abstract, under TOPIC selection, choose "Consider for Best Student Paper Award"
  • Be the presenting author on an accepted paper within this conference
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript online by the deadline
  • Present your paper as scheduled

Nominations
All submitted papers will be eligible for the awards if they meet the above criteria.

Award sponsor:

Texas Instruments DLP Products


Optical Communications Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to announce Best Paper Awards in Optical Communications. These awards will recognize the outstanding work of students and professionals who present the most notable recent results with broad impact in the area of optical communications. Qualifying papers will be evaluated by the awards committee. Manuscripts and presentations will be judged based on technical merit, impact, and clarity. The winner(s) will be announced immediately following the Optical Communications Joint Keynote Session, and the presenting authors will be awarded a certificate and cash prize.

To be eligible for the Best Student Paper Award, you must:

  • Be a student without a doctoral degree (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD student)
  • Be listed as an author on an accepted paper within conferences OE801, OE802, or OE803
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript and presentation online by the deadline
  • Be present at the Awards Ceremony

To be eligible for the Best Technical Paper Award, you must:

  • Be a post-doc or early career professional
  • Be listed as an author on an accepted paper within conferences OE801, OE802, or OE803
  • Have conducted the majority of the work to be presented
  • Submit your manuscript and presentation online by the deadline
  • Be present at the Awards Ceremony

How to Apply
After your manuscript is submitted online, send an email to nasfine@stny.rr.com by Monday 3 January 2022, stating your intent to apply, your SPIE Paper Number, and for which award you qualify.

Award sponsors:

Corning logo

NTT Electronics logo