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The OSA Foundation (OSAF) announced today its Student Travel Grant Program opportunities for 2013. The OSAF Student Travel Grant Program awards grants to students studying science in qualifying developing nations to attend OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), as well as OSA topical meetings and Optics and Photonics Congresses throughout the year. OSAF will provide 22 travel grants to nine meetings around the world next year.

Grants exist as part of a suite of OSAF programs that support optics education and outreach activities to advance youth science education; provide optics education and resources to underserved populations; provide career and professional development resources; and support awards and honours that recognise technical and business excellence. OSAF is a provider of grants for the optics and photonics community internationally.

“OSA meetings and conferences provide unique opportunities for students to connect with the global optics community and learn from innovators in academia and industry,” said OSA Foundation Board Chair G. Michael Morris. “Without these grants, many students might not have the opportunity to travel to OSA meetings and advance their careers.”

Travel grant recipients are selected by the co-chairs of each meeting. Applications are based on the following criteria:

  1. Work or study in a qualifying developing nation
  2. Enrolment in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program
  3. Demonstrated need for travel support
  4. Statement on the value of attending the conference

Grants available for 2013 are highlighted in the following list:

Optics in the Life Sciences Congress, 14-18 April, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, US: 1 grant

Digital Holography & 3-D Imaging (DH), 21-25 April, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, US: 2 grants

Optical Interference Coatings (OIC), 16-21 June, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: 2 grants

Imaging and Applied Optics Congress, 23-27 June, Arlington, Virginia, US: 3 grants

Advanced Photonics Congress, 14-19 July, San Juan, Puerto Rico, US: 1 grant

Nonlinear Optics (NLO), 21-26 July, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, US: 1 grant

Frontiers in Optics (FiO), 6-10 October, Orlando, Florida, US: 10 grants

Advanced Solid-State Lasers Congress, 27 October-1 November, Paris, France: 1 grant

• Renewable Energy and the Environment Congress, 11-15 November, Tucson, Arizona, US: 1 grant

More information on the Student Travel Grant Program is available on this website. More information regarding the events above and others can be found on this website.

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