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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 24 May, 2017


Two new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors during their second quarter meeting. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 324 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 54 countries.

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2017 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship Winners
Posted 24 May, 2017

Congratulations to the 88 outstanding SPIE Student Members who received a 2017 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship! The SPIE Scholarship Committee evaluated and selected winners based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics.

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Upcoming student events in Munich at SPIE Optical Metrology
Posted 24 May, 2017

Join Student Chapter Members from around the world at the SPIE Leadership Workshop in Munich. The workshop, facilitated by Jean-luc Doumont, will be held on Saturday, 24 June. Other free-for-student workshops and social events are scheduled throughout the week.

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Watch SPIE's webinar Prepare a Winning Resume and Succeed at Every Job Interview
Posted 24 May, 2017

Creating a winning resume and knowing all of the secrets to each interview could hold the key to getting your dream engineering job and eventually having a successful career. Watch the free for SPIE Members recorded webinar to learn more!

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Upcoming student events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 24 May, 2017

Meet students from around the world at SPIE's large selection of special student events at Opics + Photonics in San Diego.

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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest - now open!
Posted 24 May, 2017

The SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest is being held to raise awareness about IDL and the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life. The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers.

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Celebrating women in optics and photonics: stories to inspire
Posted 24 May, 2017

International Women's Day has been observed on 8 March for more than 100 years. Women in optics are celebrated year-round in a planner produced by SPIE. The 2017 version features comments from 28 women in multidisciplinary fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), sharing their inspirational stories, crediting influential mentors and role models, and lending valuable advice to others considering careers in STEM.

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CCCC SPIE Student Chapter hosts "Tech like a Girl" Workshop
Posted 24 May, 2017

The SPIE Student Chapter at Central Carolina Community College and Dr. Constance Boahn, CCCC Engineering and Information Technologies Department Chair, organized an all-girls STEM workshop last month. The workshop series, called "Tech like a Girl" introduces young females to careers in science and engineering.

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Congratulations to the first round of SPIE Education Outreach Grant Winners
Posted 24 May, 2017

SPIE awards $81,000 annually to organizations with optics and photonics related education outreach projects. Twelve applications were awarded in cycle one this year. Applications were judged on their potential to impact students and increase optics and photonics awareness.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 22 February, 2017


Ten new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors during their second quarter meeting. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 322 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 54 countries.

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Develop your Leadership Skills! - Free Member Webinar, 14 March
Posted 22 February, 2017

Join SPIE and the Engineering Career Coach, Anthony Fasano, PE, for the next webinar in our series of professional development webcasts. How to Develop the Engineer Leader Inside of You will be held 14 March 2017 at 10am PST.

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Photonics West Student Chapter Leadership Workshop Photos
Posted 22 February, 2017

SPIE student chapter leaders from around the world gathered at this all-day Leadership Workshop at Photonics West 27 January. The workshop featured a session on chapter benefits and management, as well as elevator pitch development with facilitator Christine Haas of Christine Haas Consulting.

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Photonics West Event Highlights
Posted 22 February, 2017

Missed Photonics West this year, or couldn't attend all of the great events? Check out the daily event news.

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Visiting Lecturer Prof. Philip Russel visits SPIE Cambridge Student Chapter
Posted 22 February, 2017

The University of Cambridge SPIE student chapter launched its first major event - the Michaelmas seminar talk - given by the renowned physicist Professior Philip Russell, FRS. This one-day event was a remarkable success and greatly increased the chapter's influence in West Cambridge, the hub of natural sciences at the University of Cambridge.

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New Resource Exchange for STEM to Light Outreach Activities
Posted 22 February, 2017

Need outreach ideas, have activities to share? Check out Laser Classroom's new resource exchange!

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#FacesofPhotonics: Educated
Posted 22 February, 2017

One of the many perquisites of being a student in the optics and photonics field is being able to pass along knowledge to those who will follow your footsteps in the future. Throughout the #FacesofPhotonics campaign, it became clear that current SPIE students thrive on educating a younger generation while simultaneously working diligently on their own academic careers.

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International Day of Light: a United Nations Program
Posted 22 February, 2017

SPIE joins wide international support behind the proposal to create an International Day of Light as legacy for the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015.

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SPIE Journal Club at Texas A&M University
Posted 22 February, 2017

SPIE student chapter at Texas A&M University helps improve presentation skills through their Journal Club. Learn about this fun and innovative way to practice public speaking, while also critically discussing scientific publications.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 28 November, 2016


Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors during their second quarter meeting. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 314 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 54 countries.

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Photonics West
Posted 28 November, 2016

Join students at SPIE's largest event, Photonics West in San Francisco, CA. You won't want to miss the chance to network and socialize with other student chapter members and attendees during the special student events. 

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Gain Networking and Relationship Building Tips in SPIE's next Webinar, 13 December - be ready to make valuable connections at Photonics West!
Posted 28 November, 2016

The second webinar in SPIE's series with the Engineering Career Coach, Anthony Fasano is coming up next month on 13 December. The free webinar on How to Effectively Network and Build Relationships for Engineers is a perfect topic for anyone attending SPIE Photonics West. Learn how to make those valuable connections at SPIE's largest conference! 

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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 23 November, 2016

Congratulations to our student chapters who have achieved 10 years of active engagement with SPIE. Eight chapters received this honor in 2016. 

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SPIE Optics + Photonics Education Scholarship application is open! - deadline 15 February 2017
Posted 28 November, 2016

In 2016 SPIE awarded $392,000 in education and travel scholarships to 153 outstanding individuals for their potential long-range contribution to optics, photonics, and other related fields. Individual scholarships ranged from $2,000 to $11,000. The 2017 education scholarship application is now open - apply today!

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FREE Professional Development Workshops at Photonics West
Posted 28 November, 2016

Attending SPIE Photonics West 2017? Be sure to check out the FREE Professional Development Workshops. No advance registration required and free to all conference attendees. 

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#FacesofPhotonics Instagram Campaign
Posted 23 November, 2016

Calling all students! SPIE's social media campaign titled #FacesofPhotonics continues. This weekly Instagram series highlights students from our chapters around the world.

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Recent SPIE FOCUS Conferences
Posted 23 November, 2016

Two SPIE FOCUS Conferences were recently held this Fall. Congratulations to the Saratov State University and the University of St. Andrews on their successful conferences! 

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Laser Fun Day at Univ. of Arizona
Posted 25 May, 2016

What do kids and UA optical science and engineering students have in common? They both love lasers. UA students thought of a way to play with some cool lasers and teach kids about the field of optical science at the same time: by hosting a Laser Fun Day for kids. 

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 28 September, 2016


Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors during their second quarter meeting. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 307 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 54 countries.

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SPIE President-Elect Glenn Boreman visits members and students in Poland
Posted 28 September, 2016

Topics from journal impact factors to world-class photonics innovation were discussed in meetings with SPIE Fellows, Student Chapter Members, and other colleagues in visits by SPIE President-Elect Glenn Boreman (University of Norht Carolina at Charlotte) in Poland last month.

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SPIE Optics + Photonics 15th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop Highlights and Photos
Posted 28 September, 2016

The 15th annual SPIE Optics + Photonics Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was held last month in sunny San Diego. This year was the largest workshop yet with 245 student chapter members and alumni/early career professional facilitators from 39 different countries.

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Student and Early Career Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 28 September, 2016

SPIE Optics + Photonics was full of student and early career professional events this year. Check out highlights and photos on our event news page. 

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Optics Outreach Games 2016 winners and videos
Posted 28 September, 2016

Student chapters from around the world showcased their best outreach efforts at the popular Optics Outreach Games event at SPIE Optics + Photonics. View demonstration videos and see who won!

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Volunteering for Leadership
Posted 28 September, 2016

A blog post from student chapter member Matthew Posner, on his experience at the Leadership Workshop and SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego.

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2016 SPIE Scholarship Winners
Posted 28 September, 2016

SPIE has awarded $351,000 in education and travel scholarships so far this year to more than 135 outstanding students studying optics, photonics, imaging, and related disciplines.

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Getting Published: How to write a good science paper - SPIETV live stream with Chris Mack
Posted 28 September, 2016

Publishing is an extremely important part of the process of science, and often an important part of the career of scientists and engineers. But to the early-career author (or student publishing their first publication), the peer-reviewed journal writing and publishing process can be intimidating, and possibly a bit mysterious. Chris Mack's, Lithoguru.com prestentation at SPIE Optics + Photonics was taped this year and will provide you with tips and resources on how to write better papers and get them published.

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SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs in Armenia
Posted 28 September, 2016

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs was among attendees at the recent 4th International Symposium on Optics and its Applications (OPTICS-2016) held in Yerevan, Armenia.

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#FacesofPhotonics Instagram Campaign
Posted 22 September, 2016

Calling all students! We are excited to announce a new social media campaign titled #FacesofPhotonics, a weekly Instagram series that will highlight students from our chapters around the world.

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Career Advice from Student Chapter Leadership Workshop Facilitators
Posted 28 September, 2016

Early career professionals and student chapter alumni facilitators from this year's Leadership Workshop give their career advice and talk about the chapter event they were most proud of.

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Free SPIE Job Fair and Professional Development Event
Posted 28 September, 2016

Join the SPIE Career Center at this FREE event in Rochester, NY on 19 October 2016.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 25 May, 2016


Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors during their second quarter meeting. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 304 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 54 countries.

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Spotlight on Upcoming Student Chapter Events
Posted 25 February, 2016

Each week, we hear about the amazing workshops and conferences that SPIE Student Chapters are planning. We would like to shine a light on some of the upcoming events that SPIE Student Chapters have helped to organize.

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SPIE Student Chapters Host Major Meeting
Posted 14 April, 2004
Students from University College Dublin and Dublin City University led by Dr. John Sheridan, Mr. David Monaghan, and Ms. Aisling Clarke, held a series of student events at the SPIE Opto Ireland Event in Dublin, Ireland.

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 25 May, 2016

Meet students from around the world at SPIE Optics + Photonics's large selection of special student events. 

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Highlights from SPIE Photonics Europe
Posted 25 May, 2016

Missed Photonics Europe this year, or couldn't attend all of the great events? Check out the daily event news and highlights on student events. 

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The Underrepresentation of Women in STEM
Posted 25 May, 2016

Figures from SPIE reveal that just 20 percent of engineering degrees in the US are awarded to women, and 40 percent of those women end up leaving the field. As a global community, we are still grappling with the underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields. 

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Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS 2016)
Posted 25 May, 2016

The Bi-annual Biophotonics and Imaging Summer School (BIGSS '16) will be held 5-9 September 2016 in Galway, Ireland. It is a five ECTS accredited course with leading professors teaching. Sessions are approx. four hours each to give a substantial grounding in the main topics of Biophotonics. 

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Light Night 2016
Posted 25 May, 2016

The SPIE Student Chapter at Vrije Universiteit Brussel organised a special edition of "Light Night" with "LIGHTtalks" about "Careers in Photonics". 

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SPIE President visits Delaware State Univ. Student Chapter and National Lab Day
Posted 25 May, 2016

Photonic sensors can improve safety, efficiency, and resource management for fossil-fuel-derived energy, SPIE President Robert Lieberman told lab leaders, researchers, and industry representatives during the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Lab Day at the University of Delaware. 

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2016 Kidger Scholarship Award Winner
Posted 25 May, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Kidger Scholarship Award Winner Yunfeng Nie. 

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2016 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report
Posted 25 May, 2016

View the results of SPIE's 2016 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report. 

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Univ. of Porto Student Chapter IYL Video
Posted 25 May, 2016

Practice your Portuguese with this excellent IYL video from our Univ. of Porto SPIE Student Chapter. 

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 25 February, 2016


Ten new Student Chapter were approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting at Photonics West. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 297 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 53 countries.

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Photonics West Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 25 February, 2016

Over 40 student chapter members from 33 different chapters attended the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at Photonics West this month.

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SPIE Photonics West Daily Review
Posted 25 February, 2016

Missed Photonics West this year, or couldn't attend all of the great events? Check out the daily event news.

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Officer Travel Grant Applications Now Open
Posted 25 February, 2016

Student Chapter Officer Travel Grant Applications are now open for the first round for SPIE Optics + Photonics. Don't miss this opportunity to attend one of our Leadership Workshops and an SPIE conference! If your chapter is in good standing and has not yet used this 2016 benefit, SPIE Optics + Photonics is the last meeting in the 2016 calendar year that offers an Officer Travel Grant.

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2016 Science and Engineering Indicators
Posted 25 February, 2016

Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 is now available. Published by the National Science Board, this biennial report provides a broad base of high-quality quantitative data about the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. Accompanying the report is the Science and Engineering Indicators Digest 2016, as well as the State Indicators data tool that enables interactive exploration of U.S. state-specific indicators in science and engineering. The complete content of this digital report is downloadable in PDF, with source data for tables and figures also available in a spreadsheet format. Figures are additionally available for download in a presentation-style format.

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Interview with SPIE CEO, Dr. Eugene Arthurs
Posted 25 February, 2016

The University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences newsletter, Entendue, recently featured an interview with SPIE CEO, Dr. Eugene Arthurs.

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Addressing Harassment
Posted 25 February, 2016

Harassment comes in many forms and may occur in various settings. It might be sexual in nature, demeaning to a specific gender, ethnic, or age group, or perhaps aggressive intimidation on a professional level. It can take place on a college campus, in the workplace, or at a conference. To learn more about how SPIE seeks to address this issue, please view our "Anti-Harassment Policy".

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 09 December, 2015


Eight new Student Chapter were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 293 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 53 countries.

Upcoming Student Events at Photonics West
Posted 09 December, 2015

Join us for the upcoming student events at SPIE Photonics West!

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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 09 December, 2015

Congratulations to our SPIE Student Chapters who have accomplished 10 years of active chapter involvement!

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FOCUS Conference Applications due 1 February
Posted 09 December, 2015

The Federation of Optics College and University Students (FOCUS) Conference Grant provides SPIE student leaders with the financial means necessary to organize a regional student leadership workshop that features a significant, non-technical professional development opportunity.

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Looking into the Future: Talented Students bring Science into Local Schools
Posted 09 December, 2015

In September 2015 a new SPIE Student Chapter of the University of Oulu has organized its first outreach event. Members of the Student Chapter visited the Oulu Steiner School to share the exciting science of light with the youngsters. 

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Staffing Changes in SPIE Student Services
Posted 09 December, 2015

Greetings everyone! There have been some recent staffing changes here at SPIE Student Services. Take a moment to meet the new Student Activities Coordinator.

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Lincoln Laser offers benefits to universities, nonprofit research labs
Posted 09 December, 2015

Lincoln Laser Company (LLC) is offering significant price reductions on all standard products for nonprofit universities and research facilities. In an effort to further the valuable research in optics and photonics that universities and research institutes perform, Lincoln Laser has announced the release of the LLC University and Research Institute affiliate program.

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2016 SPIE Education Outreach Grant Applications due 31 January
Posted 09 December, 2015

As part of its education outreach mission, SPIE provides support for optics and photonics related education outreach activities.

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2016 SPIE Scholarship Applications due 15 February
Posted 09 December, 2015

SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships and Travel Scholarships are open to students located anywhere in the world who are studying or planning to study optics, photonics, or a related field.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 26 August, 2015


Two new Student Chapter were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 285 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 53 countries.

SPIE Optics + Photonics 14th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 26 August, 2015

SPIE student chapter members and alumni/early career professional facilitators returned to San Diego this month for the 14th annual SPIE Optics + Photonics Student Chapter Leadership Workshop. This event, a highlight of the SPIE student chapter program, brings together chapter leaders from around the world for a full day of networking and leadership training.

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News from SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 26 August, 2015

News and photos from SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Deigo.

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Optics Outreach Games
Posted 26 August, 2015

Check out video demonstrations and the winners from the popular 2015 Optics Outreach Games. The Games are held at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego every year and feature excellent optics educational outreach demonstrations from our student chapters.

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Fall is Student Conference Season
Posted 26 August, 2015


Closing out the International Year of Light with a bang, numerous student conferences are being held around the world this fall. See where you can go to broaden your horizons as a researcher and exapnd your network.

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Students Taking Professional Development into Their Own Hands

By Kathryn Clancy and Sebastien Dery

Posted 26 August, 2015


"What do you want to do after?" In any level of education (undergrad, masters, PhD) you will receive this question (even if just from yourself). Odds are if you're anything like me you've had (or have) very little clue what to answer. There are simply so many great positions out there and very little knowledge on how to get them.

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Looking back at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego - a student's perspective
Posted 26 August, 2015

Elza Linnia, an SPIE student chapter officer from Latvia tells the story of her trip to San Diego and the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference.

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Visions for Photonics: the next 60 years
Posted 26 August, 2015

The first 60 years of SPIE's history have seen amazing advances, but what will photonics enable in the next 60 years? SPIE Student Chapter leaders will be among those creating the future. Several shared their visions recently at SPIE Optics + Photonics.

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2015 International Summer School in Biophotonics
Posted 26 August, 2015

The international biannual summer school, currently in its seventh iteration, has brought together young investigators from around the world with top researchers and experts in the ever-growing field of biomedical optics.

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Career Advice from Leadership Workshop Facilitators
Posted 26 August, 2015

25 facilitators from the 2015 Optics + Photonics Student Leadership Workshop Facilitators share their best career advice.

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2015 SPIE Scholarship Winners
Posted 26 August, 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 SPIE Scholarship Winners!

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Ireland SPIE Student Chapters promote the International Year of Light at local festival
Posted 26 August, 2015

The Student Chapters of University of College Dublin and NUI Galway in Ireland teamed up for the Dublin Maker festival on July 25th to promote the International Year of Light.

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Special Events at SPIE Optifab
Posted 26 August, 2015

Join fellow Optifab attendees at the excellent special events.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 20 May, 2015


Six new Student Chapter were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 283 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 53 countries.

Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optical Metrology
Posted 20 May, 2015

Join us for the upcoming student events at SPIE Optical Metrology.

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International Year of Light Photo Contest - Vote for People's Choice Award
Posted 20 May, 2015

Everyone is invited to vote for one of 32 images in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest. The photo with the most votes will receive the People's Choice Award, which comes with a $500 prize.

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Student Chapter IYL2015 Grant Activities
Posted 20 May, 2015

"Science can be fun" was a key message, as more than 150 fourth- and fifth-graders participated in an "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in February.

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University of Arizona Laser Fun Day
Posted 20 May, 2015

The College of Optical Sciences' annual STEM outreach event draws an audience of more than 1,400 for a glimpse inside the world of light-based technology.

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SOASE FOCUS Conference
Posted 20 May, 2015

The UANL SPIE Student Chapter held a very successful SOASE FOCUS Conference, which took place in Monterrey, Mexico last month.

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 20 May, 2015

Check out the upcoming student events at SPIE Optics + Photonics.

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Washington State Univ. Chapter IYL Laser Maze
Posted 20 May, 2015

During the grand unveiling of the WSU SPIE/OSA student chapter laser maze on 11 April, 2015, over 700 students and family members learned about the International Year of Light.

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Univ. of Exeter IYL Photo Competition
Posted 20 May, 2015

To celebrate and promote the International Year of Light 2015, the University of Exeter chapter hosted a photo competition on the theme of 'Light' which culminated in a poster session and awards ceremony on the 18th of March.

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IEM Student Chapter Outreach
Posted 20 May, 2015

Over 200 students from a secondary school in a remote village participated in the IEM SPIE Student Chapter outreach program.

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CIOMP "Rose in Science" Meeting
Posted 20 May, 2015

To celebrate the International Year of Light (2015) and contribute to the "Women in Optics" series of activities from SPIE, the Division of International Cooperation and the CIOMP SPIE/OSA Student Chapters held a meeting entitled "Rose in Science" on the 27th of March.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 18 February, 2015


One new Student Chapter was approved by the Board of Directors. This new chapter joins the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 277 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 51 countries.

SPIE Photonics West Daily Review
Posted 18 February, 2015

Missed Photonics West this year, or couldn't attend all of the great events? Check out the daily event news.

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Optics Outreach Programs
Posted 18 February, 2015

The science of light and how it is used in our lives was shared with more than 200 primary students in a traveling program organized by undergraduate and postgraduate students from the University of Otago Physics Department and funded by an SPIE Education Outreach Grant.

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International Year of Light Opening Ceremony
Posted 18 February, 2015

Optical technologies for simple lighting, inexpensive eyeglasses, and solar power were among the many and varied applications of light celebrated during the second day of ceremonies this week at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The event drew more than 1,000 participants to help launch the United-Nations-declared Intenational Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

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SOASE FOCUS Conference
Posted 18 February, 2015

The SPIE awarded FOCUS conference in Monterrey, Mexico is coming up soon, 22 April - 24 April.

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IYL Chapter Activity Grant Winners
Posted 18 February, 2015

Congratulations to the SPIE IYL Chapter Activity Grant winners!

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Photonics West Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 18 February, 2015

Over 40 student chapter members from 29 different chapters attended the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at Photonics West this month.

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Officer Travel Grant Applications now open
Posted 18 February, 2015

Student Chapter Officer Travel Grant Applications are now open for SPIE Optical Metrology (Laser Munich) and the first round for SPIE Optics + Photonics. Don't miss this opportunity to attend one of our Leadership Workshops and an SPIE conference!

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Postdoc Reform?
Posted 18 February, 2015

Inconsistent training, lack of recognition, and limited future professorship opportunities are hurting career prospects for many new PhDs working as postdoc researchers, notes a new report from the U.S. National Academies (NA).

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ICOAM call for papers
Posted 18 February, 2015

The Third International Conference on Optical Angular Momentum (ICOAM) 2015 will provide a forum for scientists whose work relates to optical angular momentum (orbital and spin), aiming to identify new developments and directions in the field, both at the fundamental and applied levels.

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Remembering Charles Townes
Posted 18 February, 2015

Charles Hard Townes, Professor Emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died 27 January 2015. He was 99.

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SPIE Offers Free DL to High Schools
Posted 18 February, 2015

SPIE is pleased to announce that the SPIE Digital Library, one of the most extensive, widely cited digital libraries in the dynamic field of optics and photonics, is now available to high school students and faculty in the United States at no cost.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 12 November, 2014


Thirteen new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 277 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,600 members in 50 countries.

Student Chapter Activity Grants
Posted 12 November, 2014

SPIE Student Chapter Activity Grants available - applications due 15 December, 2014. Don't forget to apply for your 2014 benefit!

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Photonics West
Posted 12 November, 2014

Join SPIE Student Services for student events at Photonics West 2015.

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Optics Outreach Games 2014 Videos
Posted 12 November, 2014

The Optics Outreach Games at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 featured 18 different optics outreach demonstrations from SPIE student chapters. Check out videos from these excellent demonstrations.

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IYL SPIE Student Chapter Activity Grants - 2nd Round Applications
Posted 02 September, 2014

SPIE is providing International Year of Light (IYL) Activity Grants to support SPIE Student Chapters in developing local community events and activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

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SPIE Scholarship Applications now available
Posted 12 November, 2014

SPIE 2015 Education and Travel Scholarship applications are now available. 15 February 2015 deadline.

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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 12 November, 2014

Congratulations to our SPIE Student Chapters who have accomplished 10 years of active chapter involvement!

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University of Exeter Outreach Demonstrations Fair
Posted 12 November, 2014

This quarter SPIE welcomed 13 new student chapters to our growing chapter community. The Univ. of Exeter chapter started off with a bang organizing an outreach demonstrations fair. We congratulate them on their early acheivement!

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Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 02 September, 2014

Check out details from this year's 13th annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics! The workshop began early on Saturday, 16 August at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

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News from SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 02 September, 2014

News and photos from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014.

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Optics Outreach Games 2014
Posted 02 September, 2014

The Optics Outreach Games at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014 featured 18 different optics outreach demonstrations from SPIE student chapters.

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FOCUS Latin America 2014
Posted 02 September, 2014

FOCUS Latin America is an optics workshop featuring a great technical and non-technical professional development opportunity for optics students. Attendees will have the chance to present their works, share experiences with colleagues from SPIE and OSA student chapters and learn from specialized research leaders. Register by 10 October!

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IYL SPIE Student Chapter Activity Grants
Posted 02 September, 2014

SPIE is providing International Year of Light (IYL) Activity Grants to support SPIE Student Chapters in developing local community events and activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives.

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SOASE - FOCUS Mexico
Posted 02 September, 2014

SPIE is pleased to announce SOASE - FOCUS Mexico as the latest SPIE FOCUS grant winner!

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Developments in Optics and Communications
Posted 02 September, 2014

Every year since 2004, around 80 students and young scientists from Lativa and other European countries have come together to Riga, the capital of Latvia, to share their research, discuss new ideas and make new connections during the annual international student and young scientist conference, "Development in Optics and Communications".

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Promoting your Chapter
Posted 02 September, 2014

It's the beginning of the school year for many students in the optics world (apologies to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere). New students are arriving on campus, perhaps lost and trying to navigate the foreign environment. Senior students are headed back to the more hectic academic calendar after a summer of relaxation, research, and relative focus.

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SPIE IYL 2015 Photo Contest
Posted 02 September, 2014

The SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest is underway, offering entrants the chance to win up to US$2,500, with a total of US$4,500 in prize money offered.

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2014 SPIE Scholarship Winners
Posted 02 September, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 SPIE Scholarship Winners!

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 23 May, 2014


Eight new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 256 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,400 members in 49 countries.

Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 23 May, 2014

Join SPIE Student Services for upcoming student events at Optics + Photonics 2014.

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Students are our Future
Posted 23 May, 2014

It is not an overstatement to say that the future of optics and photonics lies in the hands of students. Every little investment, be it intellectual or financial, can potentially yield immesurable returns.

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SPIE Photonics Europe news and photos
Posted 23 May, 2014

Check out news and photos from SPIE Photonics Europe!

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Optics students bring hands-on activities to San Diego science festival
Posted 23 May, 2014

The SPIE & OSA Student Chapter at University of California, Irvine, along with partners Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) and the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC), recently hosted a booth at EXPO Day during the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering.

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International Year of Light 2015
Posted 23 May, 2014

The International Year of Light is a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their future, and for the development of society.

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FOCUS LatinoAmerica 2014
Posted 23 May, 2014

Medellin, Colombia is hosting the first Latin America meeting developed by students for students. From 11th to 14th of November, students from around Americas will gather to share their research activities and experiences as members of a student chapter, strengthen ties and generate a framework for exchanging knowledge and ideas.

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2014 Optics & Photonics Global Salary Report
Posted 23 May, 2014

SPIE conducted the fourth annual Optics and Photonics Global Salary Survey in February 2014. It is the largest survey of its kind in the global optics and photonics community, providing data on the full breadth of employment and compensation patterns accross regions, disciplines, and types of organizations.

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How to Tell Your Advisor
Posted 23 May, 2014

Talking to graduate students about how to prepare for a nonfaculty job search, there is one topic about which they share varying degrees of anxiety: how, and when, to thell their Ph.D. advisors.

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SPIE KU Leuven Student Chapter photo contest winner
Posted 23 May, 2014

Doctoral researcher Alex van Vliet of the Laboratory of Cell Deth Research & Therapy has won the SPIEKULographic science photography contest. The contest was put on by the SPIE KU Leuven Student Chapter.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 21 February, 2014


Ten new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 248 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,400 members in 48 countries.

SPIE Photonics West Daily Review
Posted 21 February, 2014

SPIE Photonics West, the premier annual event for the international optics and photonics community drew 21,360 registered attendees to San Francisco this year, setting yet another all-time attendance record for the event.

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1st round Officer Travel Grant application to SPIE Optics + Photonics now open
Posted 21 February, 2014

The SPIE Student Chapter Officer Travel Grant application to Optics + Photonics is now open. Join student chapter leaders from around the world at our annual Leadership Workshop and other student special events.

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SPIE FOCUS Grant Winner
Posted 21 February, 2014

Congratulations to the first round SPIE FOCUS Grant Winner!

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Upcoming Student Events at Photonics Europe
Posted 21 February, 2014

Join SPIE Student Services for upcoming student events at Photonics Europe 2014.

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KOALA Conference 2013 - reaching out beyond borders
Posted 21 February, 2014

Since 2008 the Australian optics students have been annually holding the KOALA conference (Conference on Optics, Atoms, and Laser Applications) organised by students for students.

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NASA's Seventh Annual RockOn! Workshop
Posted 21 February, 2014

Registration is open for NASA's seventh annual RockOn! workshop to be held June 14-19 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.

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Photonics West 2014 Newport Award Winners
Posted 21 February, 2014

Congratulations to the Photonics West 2014 Newport Research Excellence Award Winners! The Newport Travel Awards Program provides funding for university students to attend the two largest meetings of SPIE, where they present their research.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 15 November, 2013


Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 238 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,400 members in 47 countries.

Growth continues for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 15 November, 2013

SPIE has added 26 chapters in 2013 at schools such as Johns Hopkins University, Utsunomiya University, Institute FEMTO-ST, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and University of California, Irvine, and now boasts 238 student chapters composed of more than 6,400 members in 47 countries worldwide.

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Upcoming Student Events at Photonics West
Posted 15 November, 2013

Join SPIE Student Services for upcoming student events at Photonics West 2014.

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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 15 November, 2013

Congratulations to our SPIE Student Chapters who have accomplished 10 or more years of active chapter involvement!

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Optics in the Outback
Posted 18 November, 2013

Two students from the Sydney University SPIE Student Chapter spent five days traveling throughout rural Australia in March for a public outreach initiative dubbed "Optics in the Outback 2013".

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2014 Student Chapter Leadership Workshops
Posted 15 November, 2013

SPIE Student Services will be back in Brussels, Belgium in 2014 for the 3rd annual European Student Chapter Leadership Workshop.

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Newport Corporation honored for career-boosting support for photonics students, professionals
Posted 15 November, 2013

Ongoing generous support on part of Newport Corporation for students, early-career entrepreneurs, and women professionals in the field was honored with an award from SPIE at a recent event sponsored by the society.

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2014 SPIE Scholarship Applications due 15 February
Posted 15 November, 2013

SPIE offers Optics and Photonics Education Scholarships and Travel Scholarships for students located anywhere in the world, from high school (pre-university/secondary) through graduate school and PhD programs, who are studying or planning to study optics, photonics or a related field.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 13 September, 2013


Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 232 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,400 members in 47 countries.

SPIE Optics + Photonics Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 11 September, 2013

The largest ever Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was held last month in San Diego, CA.

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Optics Outreach Games 2013
Posted 11 September, 2013

Watch video demonstrations from the 2013 Optics Outreach Games at SPIE Optics + Photonics.

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Asia Student Photonics Conference
Posted 11 September, 2013

Highlights from the Asia Student Photonics Conference.

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2013 SPIE Scholarship Winners
Posted 11 September, 2013

SPIE announces the 2013 Scholarship Winners.

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KOALA Conference 2013
Posted 11 September, 2013

SPIE announces KOALA Conference 2013 as the next FOCUS grant winner.

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SPIE Career Center Updates
Posted 11 September, 2013

Check out the new updates and improvements to SPIE's Career Center website.

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Science Imprisoned
Posted 11 September, 2013

The plight of scientists denied academic research freedom through imprisonment or other constraints must be kept front-of-mind by the international scientific community, said speakers at a meeting in Barcelona earlier this month.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 15 May, 2013


Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 226 Student Chapters comprised of more than 5,700 members in 42 countries.

Second Student Chapter Leadership Workshop held in Europe
Posted 16 May, 2013

The second Student Chapter Leadership Workshop in Europe, at SPIE Optical Metrology in Munich, Germany, was full of popular speakers and networking opportunities.

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Upcoming Student Events at Optics + Photonics
Posted 15 May, 2013

It's almost time again for Optics + Photonics, our largest student-centered conference. Find out what's happening this August in San Diego!

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Brazil Biophotonics School Highlights
Posted 15 May, 2013

SPIE-sponsored biophotonics school in Brazil looks at cancer treatment, disease control.

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Joint SPIE Student Chapter event from Kent State University
Posted 15 May, 2013

Last November the Kent State University SPIE student chapter organized a joint chapter event with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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2nd Symposium of Applied Optics, Sustainability and Energy (SOASE)
Posted 15 May, 2013

The Academic Group "Telecommunications and Photonics" and the SPIE & OSA Student Chapters at the Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) organized the 2nd Symposium of Applied Optics, Sustainability and Energy (SOASE) and the 6th University Meeting of Photonics and Optics (RUFO).  

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New Undergraduate Program in Photonics at University of Central Florida
Posted 15 May, 2013


'Timely' new undergrad program in photonics at University of Central Florida applauded by SPIE.

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News from Japan, Osaka University Student Chapter
Posted 15 May, 2013

Find out what's happing in Japan with photonics and SPIE's FOCUS grant winner, the Asia Student Photonics Conference.

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SPIE Participates in Congressional Visits Day
Posted 15 May, 2013


SPIE students and volunteers participated in Congressional Visits Day in Washington DC. Find out more and read about SPIE student member Ben Franta's first hand experience.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 20 February, 2013


Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 219 Student Chapters comprised of more than 6,000 members in 47 countries.

SPIE Photonics West Daily Review
Posted 20 February, 2013

Exciting news and photos from SPIE Photonics West 2013!

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Making a Career Choice: Academia vs Industry
Posted 20 February, 2013

It is always great to have a choice, and it is always tough to make one. This holds aptly for the advanced degree holders in applied sciences and engineering. During their technical journey they face the choice between continuing on the road of academic research or turning towards the lane of the corporate world.  

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VIDEOS: Clips and Plenaries from SPIE Photonics West
Posted 20 February, 2013

Did you miss Photonics West this year? Don't worry you can still watch clips and plenary videos from the big event!

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SPIE FOCUS Grant Winner
Posted 20 February, 2013


SPIE Student Services is pround to announce the 2013 Round One winner of the FOCUS conference grant. Congratulations Osaka University SPIE Student Chapter!

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Leadership Workshop at Optical Metrology
Posted 20 February, 2013

SPIE's Student Chapter Leadership Workshop is back in Europe this year. Join Student Services staff and chapter leaders from around the world at Optical Metrology in Munich, Germany!

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Flanders Science Week
Posted 20 February, 2013

The SPIE Vrije Univ. Brussel Student Chapter helped organize this very successful science week.  Take a look at all of the great photos!

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Tunisia Summer School
Posted 20 February, 2013

In Tunisia, optics workshops help women pursue emerging field. In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Elsevier Foundation supports an optics summer school for young women scientists.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 21 November, 2012

Eight new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 215 Student Chapters comprised of more than 5,700 members in 42 countries.

Alumni Advantage Competition
Posted 21 November, 2012

The Student Chapter Alumni Advantage Competition has begun! Recruit your chapter alumni to earn more Activity Grant funding and to attempt to become the winner of SPIE's first annual Alumni Advantage competition.

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New York FOCUS-IONS Conference
Posted 21 November, 2012

This past October SPIE student members at Columbia University and City College of New York collaboratively hosted SPIE's FOCUS conference in New York City.

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Officer Travel Grant 2013 Updates
Posted 21 November, 2012


2012 is coming to a close and it's a good time for student chapters to start planning for their next year's Officer Travel Grant benefit. There have been some funding updates for 2013, please click on the link below to view the changes.

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Education Benefits for SPIE Student Members
Posted 21 November, 2012

Check out all of the great Education benefits for SPIE student members!

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2013 Student Chapter Leadership Workshops
Posted 21 November, 2012

This year SPIE Student Services held two successful Student Chapter Leadership Workshops. We have decided to continue the tradition by offering two again in 2013.

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Upcoming Events at Photonics West
Posted 21 November, 2012

Check out the upcoming Student events at Photonics West. We hope you can join us in San Francisco!

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10 Year Anniversary for SPIE Student Chapters
Posted 21 November, 2012

Congratulations to our SPIE Student Chapters who have accomplished 10 or more years of active chapter involvement!

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SPIE Scholarship Applications due 15 February
Posted 21 November, 2012

Are you interested in applying for one of SPIE's scholarship opportunities?  

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 05 September, 2012

Thirteen new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 207 Student Chapters comprised of more than 5,700 members in 40 countries.

Optics + Photonics Leadership Workshop
Posted 05 September, 2012


It was another successful Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at O+P this year. A total of 176 attendees from 31 countries participated in the 11th annual workshop in sunny San Diego, California.

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Optics Outreach Olympics 2012
Posted 05 September, 2012


Demonstration videos from this year's popular Optics Outreach Olympics!

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Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation
Posted 05 September, 2012


This highly anticipated report assesses the current state of optics, photonics, and optical engineering in the United States.  

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Photonics Explorer
Posted 05 September, 2012


Help distribute the Photonics Explorer to schools in your region! 

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Student Photography Competition
Posted 05 September, 2012


Be a partner in the 2012 OSA/SPIE International Photography Competition!  

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2nd 2012 FOCUS Grant Winner
Posted 05 September, 2012


SPIE supports IONS-New York as a FOCUS conference: registration open until 15 Sept. with travel grants available to SPIE members.

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Laser Classroom
Posted 05 September, 2012

An SPIE Member Special!

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National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Posted 05 September, 2012

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC).. an Opportunity for Undergraduates to Participate in a Real World Research Experience. 

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2012 Optics and Photonics Salary Survey
Posted 05 September, 2012


Check out the new 2012 Optics and Photonics Global Salary Report!

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Start-up Challenge
Posted 05 September, 2012

Pitch your photonics business ideas at the Start-up Challenge at Photonics West - prizes added for 2013.

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Website for Omid Kokabee, SPIE Student Member
Posted 05 September, 2012


Please check out the new website launched to support imprisoned SPIE Student Member, Omid Kokabee  

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Exciting Activities from Ctr de Investigaciones en Óptica Student Chapter
Posted 13 June, 2012

The student chapter of the Society of Optics and Photonics from Centro de Investigaciones en  Óptica A.C. (CIO) based in León, Gto. México has the purpose of promoting outreach events with the local community at different education levels.  During this year we have held several activities involving the promotion of our Chapter that we want to share with all the SPIE student community. 

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2012-2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Posted 13 June, 2012

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium's Education Program for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun's chromospheres and transition region. 

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Sign the Petition for the Release of Omid Kokabee, SPIE Student Member Imprisoned in Iran
Posted 13 June, 2012


An SPIE student member has been imprisoned in Iran. Please sign the petition for his release! 

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Staffing Changes in SPIE Student Services
Posted 13 June, 2012

Greetings everyone! There have been some recent staffing changes here at SPIE Student Services. Take a moment to meet the new Student Activities Coordinator.

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SPIE at USA Science and Engineering Festival
Posted 13 June, 2012


Popular hands-on demonstrations of optics and photonics technology including lasers and next-generation lighting drew visitors to the SPIE booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., 28-29 April.

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How to Fail a PhD
Posted 13 June, 2012


Are you working on your PhD? Check out the seven steps to failure and find out what not to do! 

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New Visa Category for STEM Graduate Students
Posted 13 June, 2012


Proposed new legislation aimed at enabling foreign students educated in graduate programs in the United States to more easily stay and work in the country has gained the support of leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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Fluorescing Liquids: Outreach Event from MTU Student Chapter
Posted 13 June, 2012

SPIE Student Chapter members at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI shared UV Fluorescence with dozens of students and community members during the annual Winter Carnival event at Michigan Tech. 

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Photos from the Leadership Workshop at Photonics Europe
Posted 13 June, 2012


Did you miss the Leadership Workshop at Photonics Europe? Take a look at the photos!

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 13 June, 2012


Join SPIE Student Services in San Diego this summer for Optics + Photonics. This is our most student-focused conference and 2012 brings another year full of activities and opportunities. 

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 13 June, 2012

Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 194 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in 40 countries.

Learning About Teaching Physics
Posted 13 February, 2012


This podcast discusses the research on individual learning styles, and how science learning requires us to blend the visual and the verbal. Each episode investigates a piece of the research literature and how it can relate to the classroom.

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Turning Science into Things People Need: Interviews with Scientists in Industry

By David M. Giltner Ph.D.

Posted 13 February, 2012


The Turning Science into Things People Need project is about understanding the unique skills and attributes of a research scientist that are of particular value for a career in industry.

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Leadership Workshop at Photonics Europe
Posted 13 February, 2012


SPIE's successful Student Chapter Leadership Workshop comes to Europe for the first time. Join Student Chapter officers from around the world for a full day of professional development training and networking.

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Univ. of Porto SPIE Student Chapter at RIAO/OPTILAS, ETOP
Posted 11 September, 2013

The Univ. of Porto SPIE Student Chapter's excellent student events at RIAO/OPTILAS, ETOP.

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SPIE to Exhibit at USA Science and Engineering Festival in D.C.
Posted 13 February, 2012


SPIE will once again be participating as an exhibitor during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo. If you'll be in the Washington, D.C. area at the end of April and want to volunteer at the booth, please contact Benjamyn Lockwood.

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New Student Events at SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing
Posted 13 February, 2012


Are you coming to Baltimore for SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing? Tuesday, 24 April is officially Student Day and we have a full schedule of student events; everything from networking tips to guest speakers to panel discussions. We'll conclude the day with a visit to Camden Yards for a Major League Baseball game.

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VIDEOS: Interviews and Plenaries from Photonics West
Posted 13 February, 2012


Did you miss Photonics West? SPIE.tv has video interviews and talks from many of the plenary sessions - for free!

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SPIE Photonics West Daily Review
Posted 13 February, 2012


With total attendance just over 20,000, Photonics West 2012 had more technical papers, exhibiting companies, exhibit visitors, conference attendees, professional development courses, and networking -- and more parties -- than any past year.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 13 February, 2012

Nine new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 187 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 35 countries.

Starting a high technology business

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 13 February, 2012

Start-up challenges and other avenues for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Attend Student Conferences Around the World
Posted 13 February, 2012


Can't wait until Optics + Photonics? Chapters all over the world are involved in planning five different student conferences over three continents. Check them out!

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Bring SPIE to your next chapter meeting
Posted 21 November, 2011


Would you like to have a member of SPIE Student Services attend your next chapter meeting? While we can't guarantee an in-person visit, we would enjoy being involved through a phone or video conference. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact SPIE Student Services (students@spie.org) to make arrangements.

SPIE SCHOTT Visiting Lecturers
Posted 21 November, 2011

A new SPIE-SCHOTT Lecture Program is bringing valuable work-world insights as well as field-proven technical knowledge to SPIE Student Chapter members. SPIE is working with its Student Chapters to match speakers with opportunities. This year’s series will be offered to chapters on the U.S. East Coast.

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Stanford IONS Conference

By Aaswath Raman

Posted 21 November, 2011


Over 90 Ph.D. students from 15 countries met this October 13-15 at Stanford University for IONS NA-3. Organized by the Stanford Optical Society, a student chapter of SPIE & OSA, this conference was part of the recently established IONS conference series for students in optics and photonics.

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Upcoming Events at Photonics West
Posted 21 November, 2011


The Photonics West experience is more than technical papers and the Exhibitions. A week filled with networking and focused technical sessions awaits you. This includes student lunches, chapter meetings, entrepreneurship challenges, and social events. Browse everything else going on at Photonics West.

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WEBINAR: Student Chapter Funding Update
Posted 21 November, 2011

Join the SPIE Student Services team to learn about changes to chapter funding that will start with the 2012 funding cycle. New resources will be available and some old resources are going away. Get tips on how to make the most of your funding and connect with other SPIE chapter officers.

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Chapter Benefit Changes for 2012
Posted 21 November, 2011


Several adjustments have been made to chapter benefits that will start with the 2012 funding cycle. New resources will be available and some old resources are going away. Learn about the changes that affect your Activity Grant, Travel Grant, and Conference Grant before they are implemented.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 21 November, 2011

Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 181 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 35 countries.

A Call to Protect Science Funding
Posted 21 November, 2011

The US Congress and the debt supercommittee are currently looking to reduce projected deficits by more than 1.2 trillion dollars over the next decade. While this will help secure America’s finances, these measures will be painful and must be chosen with forethought. Grad students, former grad students, and all other supporters of science are encouraged to sign the letter.

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High Demand for Science Graduates
Posted 21 November, 2011

Among its findings, the study, from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, shows that science and engineering graduates enjoy high demand in a variety of fields, with a bachelor's degree in a science major commanding a greater salary than a master's degree in a nonscience major.

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Improving Graduate Education to Support a Branching Career Pipeline
Posted 21 November, 2011

Today's doctoral programs continue to prepare students for a traditional academic career path despite the inadequate supply of research-focused faculty positions. To better support this branching career pipeline, it is recommended that national standards for training include an emphasis on career planning and professional skills development to ensure the success.

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Seeking Boy Scouts to Instruct Engineering Merit Badge at 2013 National Jamboree
Posted 16 September, 2011


SPIE is seeking 1 or 2 members with a passion for Scouting who would like to be an instructor for the Engineering Merit Badge at the 2013 National Jamboree, to be held at the new Summit Camp in West Virginia. Candidate must be a registered Adult Scout Leader and have experience teaching Scouts. Preference will be given to student & early career SPIE members. The SPIE instructors will join an existing team and be given the opportunity to develop new ‘optics/photonics’ content. For more information please contact June Thompson (june@spie.org) or H. Philip Stahl (h.philip.stahl@nasa.gov).

Optics and Photonics Salary Survey
Posted 16 September, 2011

In April and May of 2011, SPIE conducted a Global Earnings Survey of the optics and photonics community - the largest survey of its kind. The survey yielded over 7,300 valid responses, examining professional focus, level of education, type of employer, earnings level, and much more.

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Student Leadership Committee Formed
Posted 16 September, 2010

At Photonics West this year, the SPIE Board of Directors approved the formation of a new SPIE Committee to provide input into the direction of student and early career professional programs at SPIE.  Meet the new committee members.

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Photonics West Entrepreneurship Challenge expands in 2012

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 16 September, 2011

You've been slaving away in the lab for months and the results of your research could revolutionize an industry. But once you publish your research, is it over? What do you do if you want to see this idea move out beyond the lab? Events at Photonics West 2012 can help you take the next step on the pathway to technology entrepreneurship. 

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Thoughts from SPIE Student Chapter Alumni
Posted 16 September, 2011


To mark the 10th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop, SPIE Student Services invited ten SPIE members who were formally involved in student chapters. While not all could make it to San Diego, they all wanted to share something with the ever-growing student chapter community.

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Chapter Leaders Offer Advice
Posted 16 September, 2011


During the recent Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics, student chapter leaders discussed a variety of chapter issues. They talked about several problem areas and brainstormed solutions. The result is a series of videos designed to help guide new and established chapters through the challenges of chapter management.

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News from the Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 16 September, 2011

200 students invaded San Diego this year to take part in the 10th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics! The workshop began early on Saturday, 20 August at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 16 September, 2011

Two new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 174 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 35 countries.

How True Leaders Spend Their Time
Posted 16 September, 2011

Great leadership doesn't come from learning techniques in a class or by mimicking someone else's style, but rather from developing clear values and goals to direct the organization, says Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO of the ICLIF Leadership & Governance Centre and author of "Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders." "To become a leader, one must feel deeply about the inadequacies of current reality and decide to do something about it -- and these things come from within," he says.

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Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 04 May, 2011

Join SPIE Student Services in San Diego this summer for Optics + Photonics. This is our most student-focused conference and 2011 promises to be a monumental year of activities. The week kicks off on Saturday, August 20 witih the Student Chapter Leadership Workshop (SCLW). Now in its 10th year, the SCLW is expected to be larger than ever with close to 200 students from SPIE chapters in over 30 countries. In addition, we'll welcome back SCLW alumni from the last decade.

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One SPIE Student's Visit to the US Congress

By Dan Christensen

Posted 04 May, 2011

Congressional Visits Day is a two-day annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the CVD is coordinated by coalitions of companies, professional societies and educational institutions and it is open to all people who believe that science and technology comprise the cornerstone of our Nation's future.

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Photonics for a Better World Blog
Posted 04 May, 2011

SPIE has entered the blogosphere with a new blog titled "Photonics for a Better World." The blog reaches out to photonics professionals and others in the field who may or may not be familiar with SPIE, and focuses attention on some of the many ways photonics applications enable a better quality of life around the globe.

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SPIE Chapter Reaches Out to Undergraduates

By Christine Bradley, William Duncan, and Paula Smith

Posted 04 May, 2011

The students at the College of Optical Sciences have had a busy year. We hosted an IONS conference (a conference organized by students for students), a week long workshop in Chile over spring break and a large outreach event held in the building on top of normal yearly activities. Additionally we also made an effort to include undergraduate students in SOCk (Student Optics Chapter) which was traditionally seen as a graduate student organization.

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"Green Photonics" at the LASER Fair in Munich
Posted 04 May, 2011

In many areas of modern industrial manufacturing, it is possible to use the laser for protecting resources and for improved energy efficiency. The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) will present examples of green photonics at the LASER fair in Munich, from May 23rd to 25th, 2011.

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Technology Innovator Dean Kamen Advocates for the Next Generation

By Dean Kamen

Posted 04 May, 2011

For many years, I didn't think that I had much in common with my father career-wise. He was a commercial artist for comic books, magazines, and the like. Art is something for which I have no discernible talent; give me a ruler and I can barely draw a straight line. It therefore came as a surprise, and a welcome one, when someone pointed out that the bridge between art, entrepreneurship, and inventing certainly does exist: Creativity.

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Become a Famous Researcher in Online Game
Posted 04 May, 2011

Earlier this year, the free online strategy game "Power of Research" was unveiled. The game allows you to play the role of a scientist working in a virtual research environment. Experience simulated situations encountered by scientists in the real world and engage in medical research projects. You can perform microscopic examinations or DNA experiments and isolate proteins, publish your findings, participate in conferences, and access sophisticated laboratory equipment. The platform is designed to be used by over 100,000 players and focuses on communication, cooperation, and competition.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 09 February, 2011

Five new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 165 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 30 countries.

SPIE Photonics West: A Record-Breaking Show
Posted 09 February, 2011

With a best-ever attendance, warm weather, and busy show floors, Photonics West 2011 reflected a strong mood of optimism. The sunshine helped, as it always does, but what really put a smile on the faces of the 1162 exhibitors was the level of traffic and interest in the two giant exhibition halls within the Moscone Center.

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SPIE Photonics West Event News and Photos
Posted 09 February, 2011

The final count was close to 19,390 people who attended Photonics West this year -- that's 6% higher than the previous high count, set just last year. There were increases in both the technical program and day visitors, and comments from people leaving Moscone Center at the end of the day were 100% positive.

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Photonics Leaders of Tomorrow: Student / ECP Committee approved
Posted 09 February, 2011

At Photonics West, SPIE’s Board of Directors approved the creation of an advisory committee composed exclusively of students and ECPs to advise the Society on issues of concern to this growing community of SPIE members. Currently being assembled, the initial challenges for the committee will be to define their structure, succession plan, and to choose a project that they believe will most help engage student leaders in the operation of the society.

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Three Rivers SPIE Chapter Hosts Laser Camp V
Posted 09 February, 2011

Laser Camp V, part one of a two-day event for high school students, hosted over 50 students from four eastern CT high schools on November 11, 2010. The annual event is a full day of mainly student run activities that encourage high school students to explore the science and technology of optics/photonics, learn about career opportunities in the region, and engage in teamwork with students from other schools. TRCC’s SPIE student chapter members facilitated most events.

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Cancer Probe Wins Business Challenge
Posted 09 February, 2011

A potentially life-saving optical test to screen for lung cancer has won a “Dragons’ Den” style challenge for aspiring biophotonics entrepreneurs at the Photonics West BiOS conference. Nineteen researchers with an eye on setting up a new venture went head-to-head in front of a panel of judges, with only the top three “elevator pitches” being selected for sponsorship at the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Entrepreneurship Academy.

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Job Seekers Get Advice at Photonics West

By Lynn Savage

Posted 09 February, 2011

One of several professional development programs at Photonics West this year was “Getting a Job in 2011 and Beyond,” a panel discussion held for the benefit of employment seekers of all stripes. Held in conjunction with the SPIE Job Fair, which itself was more successful than any in many years, the discussion provided expertise on job search tactics from people directly involved in the hiring process.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 08 November, 2010

Three new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 164 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 30 countries.

SPIE Celebrates Science at National Expo in D.C.
Posted 08 November, 2010

Beginning Oct. 10, the festival launched 75 satellite events, contests, and exhibits across the country; culminating in the two-day grand finale expo in Washington, D.C. SPIE was in the middle of it all with a booth about Putting Light to Work.

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The 2010 Photonic Games: Learning Optics While Having Fun

By Univ. Laval SPIE Student Chapter

Posted 08 November, 2010

For the third consecutive year, and with the help of an SPIE grant, graduate students in Optics & Photonics at Laval University (Québec City, Canada) held the Photonic Games, a friendly outreach competition involving over 130 grade 11 students from 3 local high schools. The activity aims at introducing them to optics and photonics through the hands-on application of physics principles and problem-solving.

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Entrepreneurship in Focus at Photonics West student events

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 05 November, 2009

As SPIE’s largest meeting, PW brings together over 18,000 students and professionals for five days of learning and networking. SPIE Student Services has designed several events to help students plan their career in optics and photonics with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, business, and industry. 

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SPIE Student Chapter at Michigan Tech Investigates Local Phenomenon
Posted 08 November, 2010

Students of the Michigan Tech SPIE student chapter explored a local mystery in hopes of explaining an optical phenomenon, known as The Paulding Light. There are several legends as to the origin of the mysterious light and tourists visit year-round just hoping to catch a glimpse of it.

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Arizona students organize successful IONS-NA2

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 08 November, 2010

More than 90 students gathered in Tucson for IONS-NA 2, a student organized optics conference held at the University of Arizona's College of Optical Sciences.

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New Visiting Lecturers
Posted 08 November, 2010


Over the past few months, SPIE Student Services has added several new faces to the Visiting Lecturer directory. Take some time and get familiar with the newest volunteers.

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LaserFest Grant Reporting Deadline
Posted 08 November, 2010

LaserFest grant money has been distributed worldwide. If your chapter was awarded a grant, please help the Laserfest organizers by completing a brief survey on the outcome of your LaserFest event. The more information you can provide, the better we are able to support and justify future programs.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 19 August, 2010

Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors at SPIE Optics + Photonics. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 161 Student Chapters comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 30 countries.

Outreach Olympics Showcase Student Efforts Around the Globe

By Kathy Sheehan

Posted 19 August, 2010

Students from SPIE Student Chapters throughout the world competed in an Optics Outreach Olympics on Sunday evening, demonstrating the educational projects they have organized to illustrate and promote optics and photonics in everyday life.

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News from the Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop
Posted 19 August, 2010

The Optics + Photonics 2010 Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was the largest one ever with 155 students from 27 countries! The 9th annual two-day workshop began early Saturday morning at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina.

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Optics + Photonics Report
Posted 19 August, 2010

By week's end, more than 4,250 scientists, researchers and developers of technologies that will transform the future had brought their latest advances to SPIE Optics and Photonics. With reports on significant new work in green photonics technologies such as photovoltaics for solar power, and solid-state and organic light-emitting diodes lighting as well as longstanding conferences on nanotechnology, photonics devices, and optical engineering, the event fulfilled its role as a unique synergetic forum for the field.

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Arizona IONS Conference
Posted 19 August, 2010

Join students this fall in Tucson for IONS-NA 2, a student optics conference to be held at the University of Arizona's world-renowned College of Optical Sciences. Enhance your knowledge of cutting-edge optical research, and connect with companies hiring optics talent in the Tucson ("Optics Valley") area and beyond.

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USA Science & Engineering Festival
Posted 19 August, 2010

The Inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, hosted by Lockheed Martin, will be the country’s first national science festival and will descend on the Washington, D.C. area in the Fall of 2010. Opening on 10/10/10 with a gala concert of amazing science songs performed by over 200 children and adults at the University of Maryland, the Festival promises to be the ultimate multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary celebration of science in the United States.

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SPIE Announces 2010 Scholarship Winners
Posted 19 August, 2010

SPIE awarded over $300,000 in scholarships to 135 outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee. To date, SPIE has distributed over $3 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

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Biophotonics Week in Québec
Posted 19 August, 2010

Biophotonics Week is an exciting series of scientific events in the beautiful city of Québec, Canada. The events will be held in two different locations. Frontiers in Neurophotonics, Biophotonics for Infectious Disease, and ICOB-2 will be held in the heart of the Old City at the Hotel Le Chateau Laurier. The Biophotonics School and the OWLS meeting will be held 5 km (3 miles) from downtown on the campus of Université Laval.

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Numerical Algorithms Group Expands Student Awards Program
Posted 19 August, 2010

Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), a world leader in high quality computational software and high performance computing services to tens of thousands of users in major academies, Global 500 companies, and the world’s leading supercomputing sites among others, announces that it will mark its 40th anniversary in 2010 by expanding its student prize program, with a new awards intended to cultivate the next generation of numerical software talent worldwide.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 03 May, 2010

Five new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 155 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,300 members in 30 countries.

Upcoming Student Events at SPIE Optics + Photonics
Posted 03 May, 2010

Join SPIE Student Services for a weekend of networking and professional development opportunities to kick-off this year's Optics + Photonics conference. The two-day event will feature dynamic speakers, informative workshops, and chapter outreach demonstrations.

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Student Chapter Website Updates
Posted 03 May, 2010

The student chapter pages on SPIE.org have undergone serious upgrades. We've introduced an interactive world map, chapter organization by country, easier logo access, and an alumni list.

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Photonics Europe Report
Posted 03 May, 2010

The 2,150 international photonics experts who convened at Square Conference Centre in Brussels presented the latest advances in a field designated by the European Commission (EC) as one of five "Key Enabling Technologies."

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Student Innovation, Excellence Enhance Photonics Europe

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 30 April, 2010

Photonics Europe featured more student events than ever before, and this year, even natural disasters!

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CREOL’s LaserFest – Bringing the celebration of lasers to the southeast region

By Apurva Jain

Posted 03 May, 2010

This spring, the CREOL Association of Optics Students (CAOS) and the SPIE student chapter at UCF came together to host the three day event, CREOL LaserFest. In addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of lasers, the purpose was twofold - to educate local K-12 students on optics and lasers; and to foster networking and research connections with students in related graduate programs in the southeast region.

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LaserFest Outreach Grant Recipients
Posted 03 May, 2010

Several student chapters applied for a LaserFest Outreach Grant last month. SPIE decided to support twenty of them in their endeavors to demonstrate laser concepts around the world.

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Choosing a Graduate School

By Thomas H. Benton

Posted 03 May, 2010

It's fine to think about graduate school as an aesthetic experience, like the Grand Tour of Europe that people like Henry James used to take, if you can afford it. Spending a year in graduate school is surely more laudable than buying an expensive sports car. But most people do not have that kind of economic freedom; I am mostly concerned with the majority of students who do not have the safety net of wealth or connections—those for whom a bad choice in one's early 20s can have life-long consequences.

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Internship Can Light the Way
Posted 03 May, 2010

Students often think of an internship as just another college requirement. However, there are many hidden opportunities within an internship. For one, it is surprisingly easy to launch a career using an internship. These days, more companies are treating internship programs as extended job interviews for permanent positions.

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Engineers Top List of Highest-Paid Majors
Posted 03 May, 2010

Engineering majors dominate the list of top-paid bachelor’s degrees, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s Winter 2010 Salary Survey shows that engineering disciplines account for eight of the 10 most highly paid degrees.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 11 February, 2010

Seven new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 150 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,300 members in over 20 countries.

LaserFest Grant Opportunity for Student Chapters
Posted 11 February, 2010

SPIE is offering grants to encourage the global network of SPIE Student Chapters to organize public outreach events during LaserFest, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser. Chapters are invited to submit an application for funding to support their proposed outreach activities.

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Photonics West Report
Posted 11 February, 2010

As SPIE’s largest meeting, Photonics West presents a unique opportunity for students to interact with peers and professionals from around the world. Several events were offered to student attendees, including professional development seminars, networking lunches, social outings, and receptions.

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Stanford Chapter Hosts Photo Contest
Posted 11 February, 2010

Calling all student photographers! Several SPIE/OSA chapters are holding a photography contest for 12-18 year olds with some great prizes! The deadline for entries is March 1, 2010.

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Tec de Monterrey Chapter Outreach Project

By Dorilián López-Mago

Posted 11 February, 2010

A member of the Tec de Monterrey SPIE Student Chapter has started a community service project that consists of taking scientific experiments to kids from elementary school.

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Khet Tournament is first for Photonics West

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 11 February, 2010

Innovention Toys is partnering with SPIE to offer tournament sponsorship programs to any student chapter interested in hosting a Khet tournament at your school or in your community. Teach a lesson on basic optics with a Khet educational kit or simply challenge your labmates to a strategic game!

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Meet Ralph James, 2010 SPIE President
Posted 11 February, 2010

Curious about SPIE's President for 2010? Learn about the work of Ralph James, a senior pysicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Through SPIE and other scientific societies, James has organized over 20 international conferences to bring the community together and create forums to solve problems. His entrepreneurial spirit and drive to see research results lead to new businesses and products have led to more than 40 CRADA partnerships.

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Gloom Lifting?: Hopeful Signs in the Photonics Industry
Posted 11 February, 2010

Have we seen the end of the global economic downturn? Unemployment is still running high, especially in Europe and the United States. However, industries enabled by photonics technologies have seen glimmers of promise for a recovery in research funding awards, job-training and job-creation programs, subsidy projects, and the like in the last few months.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates
Posted 11 February, 2010

The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) will host a paid summer research program at 5 of our partnering universities: University of Arizona, Colombia, University of California Los Angeles, Berkeley, and San Diego. Eligibility includes undergraduate students from all disciplines of engineering, physics, and math.

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Welcome New Student Chapter!
Posted 05 November, 2009

Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors last month. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 147 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,300 members in over 20 countries.

Celebrating the Laser
Posted 05 November, 2009

Begun as a collaboration between the American Physical Society, the Optical Society, and SPIE, LaserFest is a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the laser, which was invented in 1960. From DVD players to eye surgery, the laser is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century—one that has revolutionized the way we live.

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Upcoming Events at SPIE Photonics West
Posted 05 November, 2009

As SPIE’s largest meeting, PW brings together over 17,000 students and professionals for five days of learning and networking. SPIE Student Services has designed several events to facilitate an optimal environment for students searching for a career in optics and photonics.

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Khet Tournament brings fun, prizes to Photonics West

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 20 August, 2009

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser at Photonics West will definitely be educational, but will it be fun? If you like to game and compete against other conference goers for some nice prizes, then the answer is clearly "yes!" The makers of Khet will host a World tournament on Wednesday of Photonics West for people looking to test their skills of logic and beam steering.

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Student Events at SPIE Photonics Europe

By Tom Guldemont

Posted 05 November, 2009

Every other year, SPIE Europe organizes one of the largest European optics conferences. Photonics Europe presents an interesting look at the photonics market in Europe and draws researchers from across the globe. In 2010, the conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel SPIE student chatper has been busy preparing student events.

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Video: Students Shine at the Solar Decathlon
Posted 05 November, 2009

Students are the engine that makes the Solar Decathlon run, and their nearly boundless energy kept spirits high during the final rainy days of the event in October 2009 in Washington, DC. SPIE visited the event and compiled this composite "tour" highlighting the different components of a typical house, as told by student tour guides at several houses.

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Photonics21 Innovation Award
Posted 05 November, 2009

The Photonics21 Student Innovation Award will be presented during the Photonics Europe conference in Brussels on 12-16 April 2010. As with the first award, the photonics community is looking for innovative and outstanding work in photonics with a high industrial impact. To be eligible for an award, the work must be performed in Europe and within the framework of an EU education programme or a regular course of studies at a European university. The closing date for applications for the Student Innovation Award 2010 is 10 February 2010.

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Optics Education & Outreach
Posted 05 November, 2009

The optics industry has seen many advances in technology and applications. Continued innovation and discovery is dependent on a stream of new researchers and engineers educated in optics. The optics community needs to play a role in understanding how these new knowledge workers are trained. As individuals, we can contribute to this process by sharing our passion for optics and science with students of all ages.

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New Visiting Lecturers
Posted 05 November, 2009


Over the past few months, SPIE Student Services has added several new faces to the Visiting Lecturer directory. Take some time and get familiar with the newest volunteers.

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Laser Innovations

By Jeff Hecht

Posted 05 November, 2009

The roots of modern laser technology go back to a burst of innovation in the years following Theodore Maiman's demonstration of the ruby laser in 1960. Most major types of lasers were first demonstrated in those early years, but their technology has advanced greatly since then and today is on a roll.

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Welcome New Student Chapter!
Posted 20 August, 2009

Five new Student Chapters were approved this summer by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 141 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,300 members in over 20 countries.

Chapter Members Attend Student Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics and Photonics
Posted 20 August, 2009

The Optics + Photonics 2009 Student Chapter Leadership Workshop was the spot to meet and network with peers in optics from around the world! The 8th annual two-day workshop began early Saturday morning when 130 students from around the world gathered to share experiences and ideas.

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SPIE Optics + Photonics Review
Posted 20 August, 2009

SPIE Optics+Photonics 2009 kicked off with special programming aimed at students and early career professionals, showcasing SPIE's commitment to growing the next generation of scientists, researchers, and innovators.

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Khet Tournament at SPIE Photonics West
Posted 20 August, 2009

Innovention Toys is partnering with SPIE to offer tournament sponsorship programs to any student chapter interested in hosting a Khet tournament at your school or in your community. Teach a lesson on basic optics with a Khet educational kit or simply challenge your labmates to a strategic game!

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Univ. of Maryland SPIE Chapter hosts IONS-NA

By Debjani Roy

Posted 20 August, 2009

The first North-American meeting of the IONS will be held in September 2009 at the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. As the host, the UM SPIE-OSA Student Chapter is committed to take every measure towards organizing a dynamic platform for networking and academic interaction.

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Stanford University Photo Contest
Posted 20 August, 2009

This year the Stanford University OSA/SPIE Chapter is hosting a student photography competition to generate interest in optics among pre-university students. We are hoping to expand the competition to the international community and we invite other student chapters to partner with us in this outreach effort!

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SPIE Announces 2009 Scholarship Winners
Posted 20 August, 2009

More than 100 students from the top optical science schools in India, Russia, the Ukraine, the UK, the United States, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and Australia have been awarded SPIE scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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SPIEWorks Named Among Top Employment Sites
Posted 20 August, 2009

The career center website SPIEWorks has been named among the Top 100 job boards and career portals by a leading employment-industry guide publisher.

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Online Courses Offer Flexibility
Posted 20 August, 2009

SPIE will launch a series of online courses on photonics topics, offering flexibility and more opportunities for ongoing, professional education.

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Four Rules for Effective Negotiations

By Anthony Tjan

Posted 20 August, 2009

I've been involved in many negotiations in my career. They've all been different in some ways, and alike in others. But through them all, I've identified four "golden rules" to be the most helpful towards productive negotiation outcomes.

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Welcome New Student Chapter!
Posted 29 April, 2009

Five new Student Chapters were approved last month by the Board of Directors. These new chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 136 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,600 members in over 20 countries.

Upcoming: SPIE Optics + Photonics 2009

By Benjamyn Lockwood

Posted 29 April, 2009

This year marks the 8th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at SPIE Optics + Photonics. The SCLW is a two-day workshop to kick-off the Optics + Photonics conference. It is designed for chapter leaders and brings together students from all over the world for food, fun, and fellowship.

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Highlighting Chapter Outreach Activities
Posted 29 April, 2009

Many chapters have made an extra effort to get out into their community and help foster interest in the fields of optics and photonics. See what's happening at the Univ. of Calcutta, Univ. California San Diego, and Univ. Texas Austin.

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Photonics ToolkiT a Success!

By David Hélie and Gabrielle Thériault

Posted 29 April, 2009

Held in Quebec City from March 5 to 8 2009 at the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL, Laval University), Photonics ToolkiT attracted graduate students in optics from ten universities in Canada and the United States. The collaboration of four student chapters brought this conference to life in Canada’s largest optics photonics university research center.

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Stanford Chapter Hosts Inaugural Retreat to Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration

By Meredith Lee

Posted 29 April, 2009

For the first time, all Stanford photonics students, post-docs, and faculty were invited to gather together for a weekend retreat on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula.

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Nicolaus Copernicus Student Chapter Awarded Conference Grant
Posted 29 April, 2009

Congratulations to Nicolaus Copernicus for receiving the the second Collaborative Conference Grant of 2009! This funding will support professional development opportunities at the Fourth International Student Chapters Meeting held 14-16 May in Torun, Poland.

The next Collaborative Conference Grant applications are due 1 July.

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Congratulations Student Award Winners at the 2009 Joint Annual Meeting of NSBP/NSHP
Posted 29 April, 2009

Congratulations to the best student poster award winners at the 2009 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSBP/NSHP). Each year SPIE sponsors awards for promising students presenting their research at conferences.

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Nominate an Educator
Posted 29 April, 2009

Has a professor significantly impacted your life? If you would like this person to be recognized, consider nominating him/her for the SPIE Educator Award.

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Introducing SPIE.org Profiles
Posted 29 April, 2009

Move over Facebook... SPIE.org has a new feature. We're proud to introduce SPIE Profiles; a professional networking platform for optics and photonics professionals worldwide. For a good example of a profile, check out Gabrielle Thériault (you must sign in to see her full profile).

Sign in now to access and easily manage your own profile.

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Economic Recovery: Science Education is Key

By Maria Yzuel, SPIE President

Posted 29 April, 2009

Scientific and technological innovation is being championed as a major driver for revitalization of the global economy, but a shortage of scientists and engineers, combined with a declining number of young people interested in studying science and engineering, could become a major restraint to economic recovery.

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Welcome New Student Chapter!
Posted 12 February, 2009

One new Student Chapter was approved at the Board of Directors at SPIE Photonics West in San Jose, CA.  This new Chapter joins the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 131 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,600 members in over 20 countries.

The Photonics West Report - Connections and Directions

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 11 February, 2009

You never know who you'll meet in San Jose!

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Register now for Photonics ToolkiT!
Posted 11 February, 2009

The students chapters from Universite Laval and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal are inviting you to Photonic ToolkiT, a four day event taking place in Quebec City, Canada on March 5-8. This event is organized specifically to offer a wide variety of tools for your future career, as a graduate student and as a professional in the field.

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Students Win Awards at SPIE Photonics West
Posted 11 February, 2009

Student participation at SPIE Photonics West was in evidence as numerous optics and photonics students presented their papers in San Jose. Among the winners of various awards:

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New Visiting Lecturers
Posted 13 February, 2009

Over the past few months, SPIE Student Services has added several new faces to the Visiting Lecturer directory. Take some time and get familiar with the newest volunteers.

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Job Fairs - A Recruiter's Perspective

By Simon Meth

Posted 11 February, 2009

One of my closet recruiter colleagues says that job fairs are for the “unemployed and unemployable.” That’s pretty harsh but there is definitely some truth to it. Of course, if recruiters didn’t actually hire people from job fairs then one would have to question the existence of the job fair industry. There is value for both the job seeker and the potential employer. I recently attended the SPIE Photonics West Career Fair in San Jose, California and noticed some interesting things.

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A Bad Reputation: Why are graduate students turning away from careers at research universities?

By Mary Ann Mason

Posted 11 February, 2009

We may be losing some of the most talented potential academics before they even arrive for a job interview. In the eyes of many doctoral students, the research university has a bad reputation — one of unrelenting work hours that allow little room for a satisfying family life.

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Lab Building 101

By Jennifer Barton

Posted 11 February, 2009

You’ve just accepted an assistant professor position. Congratulations! One of the first and biggest challenges awaiting you is the task of building a productive laboratory. If you’re like me, you will be shown an empty room, given a startup fund, and told to “go make great things happen.”

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Weightless Wonders

By Beth Kelley

Posted 11 February, 2009

Have you ever wanted to turn off gravity? Four ambitious undergraduates got that opportunity when they participated in the Microgravity University program put on by NASA last June. Microgravity University is a summer program that allows undergraduate students to propose, design, fabricate, fly in, and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment.

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Photonics21 Student Innovation Award
Posted 11 February, 2009

Photonics Research Education and Training of the Photonics21 Technology Platform have established a prize for students in the field of photonics in order to promote research in photonics especially related to R&D with industrial impact.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 29 October, 2008

Four new Student Chapters were approved at the Board of Directors meeting in Bellingham, WA.  These new Chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 133 Student Chapters comprised of over 4,600 members in over 20 countries.

Highlighting Chapter Outreach Activities

By Benjamyn Lockwood and Dirk Fabian

Posted 29 October, 2008

With the year rapidly coming to a close, we would like to take some time to highlight the good work coming from SPIE Student Chapters. Many chapters have made an extra effort to get out into their community and help foster interest in the fields of optics and photonics.

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Getting the Most out of Conferences
Posted 29 October, 2008
As SPIE’s largest meeting, PW brings together over 17,000 students and professionals for five days of learning and networking in downtown San Jose, California. This includes many leaders in academia, government, and industry, which presents an optimal environment for students searching for a career in optics and photonics... if you know how to navigate everything. If you are new to conferences, keep these networking tips in mind:

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Behind the Scenes at SPIE Asia

By Ravi Kannadorai

Posted 29 October, 2008

SPIE Asia was an initial step towards bridging the communication gap between the student chapters across Asia. Being the organizer of the first student conference of its kind in Asia I had a lot of responsibilities to portray myself and my chapter well in front of the visiting international community.

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Reaching the Next Generation with Science Outreach

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 29 October, 2008

Best practices in science education and outreach reflect generational trends among the current generation of learners.  It is possible to use the insights provided by both these areas to design more effective outreach tools and get more students excited about science and engineering.   

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Congratulations to Student Paper Award Winners at SPIE APOC 2008
Posted 30 October, 2008

The papers submitted at SPIE APOC this year were very competitive and there was a great deal of discussion concerning the verdict. SPIE sends congratulations to the following winners:

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Finding an Adviser

By Kristen Carlson Maitland

Posted 29 October, 2008

Finding the right graduate adviser is important for your success in graduate school and your future career. Not only will your choice of adviser affect everything about your life during graduate school, a strong letter of recommendation from your graduate adviser will have a vital impact on your postdoctoral career.

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Global Networking Can Broaden a Career

By Sarah Kendrew

Posted 29 October, 2008

A computer is a pretty useful tool. It stores large amounts of information and performs complicated calculations. Fifty computers can be hooked up to share power and information. But only when connected to the outside world is their true power unleashed. Suddenly, they can be used to communicate with a worldwide network of information and resources.

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Americans Believe Entrepreneurs Will Revive Economy
Posted 29 October, 2008

Americans see entrepreneurship as the answer to the current financial crisis—but worries about the economy are deterring them from taking the first step on that path, according to survey findings released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 25 August, 2008

Three new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, CA, USA. These new Chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 129 Student Chapters comprised of nearly 2,300 members in over 20 countries.

Leadership Workshop Begins SPIE Optics + Photonics

By Benjamyn Lockwood

Posted 25 August, 2008
The 7th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop signaled the start of Optics + Photonics early Saturday morning when 110 students from around the world gathered to share ideas, form relationships, and eat pastries. The morning was lively as students were quickly divided into groups for a few short games to initiate communication and release anxieties.

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Panel Discussions Offer Valuable Advice

By Benjamyn Lockwood

Posted 25 August, 2008

SPIE hosted several special events for Students and Early Career Professionals (ECPs) at the Optics + Photonics symposium over the week. Some of the most beneficial events were the panel discussions about careers in optics and photonics.

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Women in Optics Speaker Urges New Strategies for Communicating Science
Posted 12 August, 2008

Scientists need the public to understand what they're doing, so that good personal and public policy decisions can be made in an increasingly technologically driven world, science writer Margaret Wertheim told an overflow audience at the Women in Optics reception Monday evening.

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Singapore Student Chapter Hosts SPIE Asia Meeting
Posted 26 August, 2008

Congratulations to the SPIE Singapore Student Chapter for hosting their first international chapter meeting co-located with Laser Metrology 2008. Chapter Members received positive feedback from chapter representatives, school teachers, industry affiliates, and many others.

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Staffing Changes in SPIE Student Services

By Jason Hamman & Benjamyn Lockwood

Posted 27 August, 2008
Greetings everyone! There have been some recent staffing changes here at SPIE Student Services. Take a moment to meet the new Student Activities Coordinator and a brief farewell from the current!
Congratulations Chapter Website Competition Winners!
Posted 25 August, 2008
63 Chapters participated in the 3rd Annual Chapter Website Competition. Winning sites were up-to-date, easy to use, and offered valuable content to audiences both with and without a technical background:
SPIE Announces 2008 Scholarship and Grant Winners
Posted 27 August, 2008

$262,000 was awarded in scholarships to 149 outstanding individuals, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee.  For a list of the winners and information on how to apply for 2009, please visit spie.org/scholarships.

Job market is hot for recent graduates who have the right degrees

By Marino Eccher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted 05 June, 2008

Engineering tops the list, but 'soft skills' are also in demand

Mike Borden appreciates all the attention he's been getting from potential employers. He also knows it's not personal. They don't want him, exactly. They want his degree...

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 02 May, 2008

Four new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors at SPIE Europe Photonics Europe in Strasbourg, France. These new Chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 126 Student Chapters comprised of nearly 2,300 members in 20 countries.

Becoming a Conference Chair

By Nathalie Vermeulen, President, Vrije Univ. Brussel Chapter

Posted 02 May, 2008

It all started with a project launched at our university (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) that aims to get photonics engineering students acquainted with the business aspects of research and industry...

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The Photonics Europe Perspective

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 02 May, 2008

This year SPIE Europe Photonics Europe featured a more focused student and early career professional program.  Events on entrepreneurship and career development complemented a strong scientific conference.  I traveled to Strasbourg to see where photonics in Europe is headed.

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The Art of Good Conferencing

By The Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted 05 May, 2008

The academic conference is stereotyped in popular culture -- not without cause -- as a confluence of the bizarre and the boring. But for faculty members, especially those on the tenure-and-promotion track, learning how to get the most out of those meetings has become an essential skill.

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Invest in Research Now for a Strong Future, SPIE Members Tell Congress
Posted 11 March, 2008

Thirteen volunteers representing SPIE were among more than 250 who participated on 5 March in the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD) sponsored by the Science-Education-Technology (SET) Working Group. The message carried to Congress last week by [these] volunteers from SPIE and other science and technology societies was clear.

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Congratulations Student Award Winners at the 2008 Joint Annual Meeting of NSBP/NSHP
Posted 02 May, 2008

Congratulations to the best student poster award winners at the 2008 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSBP/NSHP). Each year SPIE sponsors awards for promising students presenting their research at conferences.

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Collaborative Conference Grant Winners Announced
Posted 02 May, 2008

Congratulations to the Singapore Student Chapter and other local SPIE Chapters in Asia for receiving the first Collaborative Conference Grant of 2008. This funding will support professional development opportunities at Laser Metrology 2008 in Singapore, Singapore from 30 June - 2 July.

Download a brochure (for Asia Region; for non-Asia Regions).

Exciting New Student Events at Optics + Photonics 2008!
Posted 05 May, 2008

SPIE Student Services is proud to announce new additions to its student events line-up at Optics + Photonics. New for 2008 is a panel discussion on getting hired after graduation and a student chapter and exhibitor social. These events join 15 other student focused courses and events.

See the entire list of events...

Looking for a job or an internship? Look to SPIEWorks
Posted 09 May, 2007

Are you looking for a job or internship, maybe you know someone who is? Students looking for jobs/internships are invited to upload their resumes to SPIEWorks.com, SPIE's very own job site! Submit a resume to the Optics + Photonics career fair, even if you can't attend the conference.

Read instructions on uploading your resume while maintaining document formatting.

Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 29 January, 2008

Five new Student Chapters/Clubs were approved by the Board of Directors at SPIE Photonics West in San Jose, USA. These new Chapters and Clubs join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 122 Student Chapters comprised of nearly 2,100 members in 20 countries.

The Photonics West Perspective

By Dirk Fabian, SPIE

Posted 06 February, 2008

The largest optics & photonics research conference and trade show in the world wrapped up in San Jose two weeks ago on a very positive note, despite headlines of a global economic down-turn and uncertainty in the financial markets.

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Asia Student Chapters to Meet at Laser Metrology 2008
Posted 05 February, 2008

The SPIE Singapore Student Chapter will be hosting an Asia Student Chapters Meeting at Laser Metrology 2008. All student chapter members are invited to attend; travel assistance is available for students in the region. See the brochure (for Asia Region; for non-Asia Regions) for event details.

Visit the Laser Metrology 2008 website for more details about the technical conference.

Engineering Education Poster Contest 2008
Posted 29 January, 2008

Get creative with the Engineering Education Service Center 2008 Poster Contest! "Green Engineering" is the theme for this year's poster contest. Green Engineering is the design, commercialization and use of processes and products that are feasible and economical while minimizing the generation of pollution at the source and the risk to human health and the environment.

Contest deadline is 15 February; winners will be notified by 22 February. Cash prizes available for first, second, and third place contestants. Visit the contest website for details.

Happy Engineers' Week!
Posted 29 January, 2008

As you may (or may not) know, 17-23 February is National Engineers' Week in the United States. Last year, 40,000 engineers visited classrooms to share the world of engineering with students. Get involved; you won't regret it.

Find local Engineers' Week events at eweek.org. Need activity ideas? Check out the Engineers Week Solution Kits.

Photonics Europe Boasts New and Improved Student Program
Posted 05 February, 2008

SPIE Student Services is proud to announce an expanded student program at Photonics Europe. Student attendees will enjoy added networking opportunities, the Entrepreneurship in Photonics workshop, new short courses, and a Chapter Breakfast.

Visit the Student Events page for detailed links to the on-site activities.

INASP and SPIE Partner to Support Developing Nations
Posted 05 February, 2008
Researchers in Mozambique and Madagascar are the first to be able to access the 250,000-plus journal and conference proceedings articles in the SPIE Digital Library through a program of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).

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Wroclaw University of Technology Student Chapter Awarded Conference Grant
Posted 05 February, 2008

Congratulations to Wroclaw University of Technology for receiving the the first Collaborative Conference Grant of 2008! This funding will support professional development opportunities at the Third International Student Chapters' Meeting held 20-22 May in Wroclaw, Poland.

The next Collaborative Conference Grant applications are due 1 April.

Congratulations to Student Paper Award Winners at Photonics West 2008
Posted 05 February, 2008

Numerous conferences at Photonics West sponsor awards for the best student papers presented either orally or as posters. SPIE send congratulations to the following winners:

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Happy Lunar New Year!
Posted 05 February, 2008

Happy Lunar New Year! 7 February 2008 marks the beginning of the year of the Rat (in China) and signals the start of a new year in many other cultures in the region. Nearly 1.5 billion people will be celebrating the holiday by the time you read this. Learn more about the Lunar New Year at Wikipedia.org!

Increased Student Funding in 2008
Posted 05 February, 2008

Student Chapters will notice an increased level of funding this year, enabling greater possibilities for future activities. The increased funding was approved, in part, to compensate the weaker US Dollar and to provide additional support for large active chapters. Increases affect:

Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 15 November, 2007

Fourteen new Student Chapters/Clubs were approved at the Board of Directors meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. These new Chapters and Clubs join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 117 Student Chapters comprised of nearly 2,100 members in 19 countries.

New Programs and Reduced Membership Rate for Recent Graduates
Posted 19 November, 2007

Thankfully, no one stays a student forever. As SPIE student members graduate and join the world of the optics professional, their needs necessarily change. New questions about your future need new answers. How do you negotiate for a start-up package or an increase in salary? How do you write better proposals? What is the best way to manage a team of colleagues or grad students? Can I stop living on Ramen noodles?

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DARPA Urban Challenge: Hands-on Learning at its Best

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 07 November, 2007

Humans spend much of their lives piloting cars from place to place. For millions of people who spend time stuck in traffic, the promise of one day being able to take their eyes off the road, read a book, or catch some extra sleep took a big step closer on November 3rd, 2007.



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SPIE President Visits UConn Chapter

By Christopher Falkner, UConn Chapter Vice-President

Posted 15 October, 2007
Engineers are dedicated. Perhaps so much so that we often find ourselves easily frustrated with the prospect of making little (or even no) progress despite many restless hours of work, inching along towards a seemingly unreachable goal. It is refreshing, then, to get a definitive reminder now and again of why we, as students and professionals, challenge ourselves to press on further into the indefatigable world of the unknown.

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Student Chapter Organizes Chicago/Midwest Conference

By Pao-Tai Lin, Northwestern Univ. Chapter President

Posted 21 November, 2007

On 10 November, the Northwestern University Student Chapter hosted the "SPIE Chicago/Midwest Conference." The event was made possible with the support of an SPIE Collaborative Conference Grant and meeting space and equipment donated by the McCormick Engineering School at Northwestern University.

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Record Number of Chapters to Receive Free Books in '07

By Brent Johnson

Posted 13 November, 2007

Each year SPIE donates unused but unloved books to our Student Chapters. This year, we will ship an estimated 5500lbs (2500kg) of books to Student Chapters worldwide. This is one of our most anticipated fall programs and is a great opportunity for Chapter Members to gain access to valuable technical resources.

Additional Collaborative Conference Grant Available in January
Posted 13 November, 2007

Two Collaborative Conference Grants will be available in early 2008. For schools with a short break in January or February, this is an excellent opportunity to organize an event benefiting students in your region.

Download an application and submit it by the 1 January deadline.

Enhanced Student Programs at Photonics West and Photonics Europe
Posted 21 November, 2007

In 2008, SPIE Student Services will be hosting several new events including professional development speaker series, Student Chapter gatherings, off-site socials, and an increased number of student focused workshops. Join us at Photonics West (San Jose, United States) and Photonics Europe (Strasbourg, France) for fresh perspectives on entrepreneurship, career development, and skills to help you get there.

Live & Learn Abroad: Erasmus Mundus MSc Program Open to non-EU Students
Posted 26 November, 2007

The Master of Science programme in Photonics is a multidisciplinary programme covering basic physics, material technologies, electronics and applications in different fields. Students will be trained to become specialists in the field. In addition, students will be brought in contact with European culture and languages and will get the chance to live in several European cities (Brussels, Edinburgh, Ghent, St. Andrews and Stockholm) with a long and still visible history.

Application Deadline: 15 January

Program Information
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Massive Optics Outreach Event Held at ISP Chapter

By Praveen Cheriyan Ashok, ISP Chapter President

Posted 26 November, 2007

The International School of Photonics held one of the largest student outreach events yet, hosting over 1300 students age 10 through 17 for a day of demonstrations and exhibits.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 13 September, 2007

Five new Student Chapters were approved at the Board of Directors meeting at Optics & Photonics in San Diego, California. These new Chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students. There are now 103 Student Chapters comprised of nearly 1,800 members in 19 countries.

Expanded Leadership Workshop Kicks-Off Optics+Photonics

By Jason Hamman

Posted 14 September, 2007

105 Students, 11 guest speakers, 2 days, and 20 gallons of coffee later... The Student Chapter Leadership Workshop concluded with its most interactive program yet, kicking-off Optics & Photonics 2007.

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Chapter Leaders Find Solutions to Common Challenges

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 18 September, 2007

Straight from some of our best Student Leaders, learn from their experiences in  recruiting new members, energizing the Chapter, managing university politics, and more.

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Welcome Back! A Letter from Dirk
Posted 19 September, 2007

Observations, words of encouragement, and a few tips from your Student Services Coordinator.


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Congratulations Chapter Website Competition Winners!
Posted 13 September, 2007
51 Chapters participated in the 2nd Annual Chapter Website Competition. Winning sites were up to date, easy to use, and full of features:
SPIE Announces 2007 Scholarship and Grant Winners
Posted 14 September, 2007

$290,500 was awarded in scholarships and grants to 136 outstanding individuals and 23 educational institutions, based on their potential for long-range contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated and selected by the SPIE Scholarship Committee and approved in April by the SPIE Board of Directors' Executive Committee. For a list of the winners and information on how to apply for 2008, please visit spie.org/scholarships.

Optics in the Southeast (OISE) - Cancelled
Posted 14 September, 2007

Please contact John Ballato for details.

ORA Announces Student Optical Design Competition Winners
Posted 19 September, 2007

Optical Research Associates (ORA®), Pasadena, CA, has selected the winners of their annual Student Optical Design Competition, in which awards totaling $4,000 are granted. This year, former Tec de Monterrey chapter member Manuel Guizar-Sicairos and Univ. of Arizona chapter member Joshua Jin Kim were selected as two of the top award winners. Congratulations Manuel and Joshua!

OISE Announces Call for Papers
Posted 10 July, 2007

Optics in the Southeast, co-sponsored by SPIE, announces call for papers. Abstracts are to be submitted to jballat@clemson.edu electronically by Monday, August 20, 2007. Submissions need to include the title, name of author(s), and their affiliation(s), an abstract longer than 250 words, status (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) and an indication of whether or not an oral or poster presentation is preferred.

SPIE Members Receive Top Scholarships in Arizona
Posted 21 May, 2007

Five SPIE Student Members from the University of Arizona were awarded prestigious scholarships in recent weeks. Awards included the first ever Louise Wyant Scholarship in Optical Sciences and James M. Palmer Endowed Scholarship.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!
Posted 09 May, 2007

Six new Student Chapters were approved at the Board of Directors meeting at Defense + Security Symposium in Orlando, Florida. These new Chapters join the steadily increasing population of optics / physics students, bringing the total number of Student Chapters to 98.

From Student to Teacher

By Andres Diaz

Posted 09 May, 2007

Many current students will be instructors themselves. Here is advice on how to make that transition smoother for all involved.

You made it! You are done with your PhD and are now ready and very excited to start a promising career as an educator and a researcher. Your role has suddenly changed, and now you are the one doing the teaching. Here is some advice on making this transition…

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The Lifecycle of a Chapter: A Leadership Primer for New Officers

By Jason Hamman

Posted 09 May, 2007

For many students the months of May and June signal the end of a long school year, but for newly elected Student Chapter Officers it is just the beginning. The tasks ahead of them may feel daunting at first, but with supportive Chapter Members and a few tips new officers will find the transition to be relatively easy.

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Stanford and UC Berkeley Chapters Host Joint Photonics Day

By Meredith Lee, Stanford Student Chapter Member

Posted 08 May, 2007

This April, over 75 students, faculty, and staff from Stanford and Berkeley participated in the first annual "Photonics @ Stanford" Day. The afternoon event featured an in-depth tour of SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), a special seminar from the PULSE (Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering) Director Philip Bucksbaum, and a joint poster session and mixer on campus.

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6th Symposium: Optics in Industry Report

By Carlos López-Mariscal

Posted 09 May, 2007

Last March 8 and 9th, the 6th Symposium, Optics in Industry (SOI) took place in Monterrey, Mexico. The most important event in Mexico that links Optics and Photonics Research with Industry, takes place every two years in one of the several Optics research centers of the country. This year, the venue city was Monterrey…

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Collaborative Conference Grant Winners Announced
Posted 09 May, 2007

Congratulations to the Wroclaw University, Nicholas Copernicus University, and Silesian University of Technology Student Chapters for receiving the second Collaborative Conference Grant of 2007. This funding will support professional development opportunities at the Second International Student Chapters' Meeting in Wroclaw, Poland from 21 - 23 May.

Opto-Informatics @ DCE

By Alpesh Chaddha

Posted 09 May, 2007

The Delhi College of Engineering Chapter has created the online magazine, Opto-Informatics @ DCE to help address the need for more open-source optics resources in India. Free collaborative resources enable greater student access to peer knowledge networks that encourage sharing of ideas and networking.

Interested in contributing to Opto-Informatics @ DCE? Contact the Delhi College of Engineering Student Chapter.

SPIE Member Wins $100,000 Science Prize
Posted 09 May, 2007

Mary Masterman, a 17-year-old Westmoore High School senior from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was awarded a $100,000 scholarship for describing...

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Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Posted 08 May, 2007
Applications Due 1 June

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analysis that informs the creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government. As a result, students develop essential skills different from those attained in academia and make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional.

Learn more about the program

Cell Broadband Engine Does Medical Imaging

By Marcus Yam, Dailytech.com

Posted 10 May, 2007

The PS3 wonderchip does more than play games -- it saves lives

The Cell Broadband Engine is a truly versatile piece of silicon. It's inside every PlayStation 3 powering games, decoding Blu-ray movies and curing diseases with Folding@home. It's also inside a few IBM BladeCenter servers, which will soon be utilized for medical imaging. Collaborators from Mayo Clinic and IBM say that they are now using the Cell Broadband Engine to dramatically speed up the processing of 3D medical images.

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How to Make an Object Invisible

By Duncan Graham-Rowe, MIT Review

Posted 11 May, 2007

A new theoretical design using nanowires provides a way to hide devices from visible light.

A hairbrush-shaped device has been theoretically designed that would use bristles made out of nanowires to bend light around it, rendering the object invisible. The researchers who came up with the design say that it's the first practical design for an "optical cloak" to work in the visible spectrum.

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Student Chapters Shine in '06

By Jason Hamman

Posted 05 March, 2007

What can 1600 enthusiastic optics students do in a year? The answer might surprise you-unless you keep up on the latest chapter reports! Find out what your peers have accomplished in the last year.

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Making the Most of Your Conference Experience

By Jason Hamman

Posted 05 March, 2007

There are many reasons why students should attend conferences: to learn about new technologies from leading scientists, present original research, participate in professional development opportunities, etc. Perhaps one of the best (and sometimes forgotten) reasons is to network.

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Latin-American Student Meeting in Cali, Colombia

By Carlos López-Mariscal

Posted 27 March, 2007

Cali, the third largest city in Colombia, was the point of reunion for over 120 participants of the tenth National Optics Meeting and the First Andean and Caribbean Conference on Applied Optics. Old friends organize Latin-American optics conference...

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First Collaborative Conference Grant Winners Announced!
Posted 28 March, 2007

Congratulations to the Tec de Monterrey, Universidad del Valle, and University of St. Andrews Student Chapters for receiving the first Collaborative Conference Grant of 2007. This funding will support professional development opportunities at the 6th Symposium in Optics / III International Student Chapter Meeting in Monterrey, Mexico, on 8 March.

New Funding for Student Organized Conferences

By Jason Hamman

Posted 16 November, 2006

The reality of research life is that many students are unable to travel to far off conferences to present their work or attend courses. Even fewer students are exposed to career development resources that are specifically related to science and engineering. By organizing student events in their own local regions, chapters...

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Conference Organization for the Masses

By Jason Hamman

Posted 06 March, 2007

In an information age emphasizing instant, yet impersonal communications, it is sometimes easy to forget how important conferences can be to student professional development. Conferences provide a venue for meaningful personal interactions between students and professionals, face to face sharing of ideas, and a way to build lasting relationships. Also, many researchers get their best job leads at conferences. As a student, how can you organize a conference at your home university and make it a success?

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Student Chapter Service Award Established

By Dirk Fabian

Posted 16 November, 2006
A recent study - Report Finds Sharp Increase in College Student Volunteering - by the US Corporation for National and Community Service has found volunteerism by US college students has grown by 20% between 2002 and 2005, more than double the adult volunteer growth rate.

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Student Chapter Leadership Workshop - Optics & Photonics 2006

By Jason Hamman

Posted 14 September, 2006

The 5th Annual Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at Optics & Photonics included an all-time high of 109 students from 57 student chapters. Despite challenging travel conditions, lost luggage, and jetlag, a vast majority managed to arrive by the 8:30 am start time.

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Chapter Booths and Posters at Optics & Photonics 2006

By Jason Hamman

Posted 13 September, 2006
Optics & Photonics 2006 brought 27 student chapters from nearly 10 countries. Chapters set up booths and posters alongside established exhibitors showcasing their activities and achievements. SPIE Student Services was on hand to facilitate connections between students and professionals, and distribute SPIE gear.

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Early Career Professionals at Optics & Photonics 2006
Posted 13 September, 2006
New at Optics & Photonics this year were events designed for recent graduates in the formative years of their careers. As "Early Career Professionals" this group faces challenges unique to those in their first five years of post-graduation career employment, in addition to challenges associated with students and established professionals.

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Professional Portfolios: The Next Step in Résumé/CV Excellence

By Jason Hamman

Posted 13 September, 2006

Recent job market trends have stressed both academic achievement and strong extra-curricular involvement. Applying for a job involves not only a simple résumé/CV and cover letter, but also strong interpersonal skills and extra-curricular involvement as unwritten requirements for getting an interview.

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Travel Report: Congressional Visits Day 2006

By Scott McCain, President of Duke University SPIE Student Chapter

Posted 03 May, 2006

Tune in to Scott McCain's experience at the 2006 Congressional Visits Day in Washington D.C. Here, the focus is on science, engineering, and technology and how it relates/is incorporated into current and future policy by U.S. lawmakers.


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Interview with Dr. Eugene Arthurs, SPIE Executive Director

By Carlos López-Mariscal

Posted 15 February, 2006


Carlos López-Mariscal of Tec de Monterrey interviews Dr. Eugene Arthurs on the value of networking at conferences.  Download the video (3.4MB Quicktime) or the audio (1.5MB MP3) and learn why you should try to attend at least one SPIE conference!

Student Leadership Day

By Carlos López-Mariscal and Radu Malureanu

Posted 08 September, 2005
Over one hundred students from 15 different countries gathered to attend the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop at the Optics & Photonics conference held 30 July in San Diego. Despite jet lag, lost baggage and an early start, students appeared at 9am to take part in a full day of activities.

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Lunch with the Experts

By Carlos López-Mariscal and Radu Malureanu

Posted 29 September, 2005
On Monday the 1st of August, student attendees to Optics and Photonics 2005 took advantage of the opportunity to have an informal talk over lunch with Nobel Laureate Nicolas Bloembergen, Prof. Emil Wolf, plenary speakers from the nanotechnology session, and other academic and industry experts. 

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Travel Report: International Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics, Warsaw, Poland

By Sigang Yang, President, Tsinghua University SPIE Student Chapter, China

Posted 28 September, 2005

My vice-supervisor and I arrived in Warsaw, Poland on 27 August after a long flight from Beijing on Royal Dutch Airlines and an interchange at the Amsterdam airport. In the morning, we registered in the main hall of the Warsaw University of Technology. The Warsaw students were the main service people and I saw that they worked very professionally. What surprised me greatly about the day was...

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International School on Light Sciences and Technologies (ISLiST)
Posted 25 May, 2016

A top International forum on Light Sciences and Technologies. Objectives are: to actualize and improve the knowledge of scientists, professionals and technicians, to contribute in the education and to enhance the motivation of PhD students, to offer an ideal frame of networking.  

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