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IEEE Photonics Society Awards
The IEEE Photonics Society has a number of awards to which its members can apply. Please visit Awards Information
to see if you qualify.
OSA Foundation Awards
The Maiman Student Paper Competition honors Theodore Maiman for his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics; it recognizes the innovation, research excellence and presentation skills in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics of a student.
The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories, LLC
, IEEE Photonics Society
(formerly LEOS) and APS Division of Laser Science
and is administered by the OSA Foundation
. Papers submitted to CLEO during the regular "call for papers" are eligible for entry. Students must opt-in to the competition during the submissions process.
The finalists present their papers to a panel of judges in a private session during CLEO. The top prize winner receives $3,000 USD; two honorable mention recipients each receive a certificate. The results are announced on-site during the Plenary Session.
The Tingye Li Innovation Prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made to the field of Optics and Photonics. This prize is presented to a young professional who has demonstrated innovative research via a paper and reference documents submitted for consideration during the CLEO Conference.
The grand prize recipient receives a $3,000 prize, a special invitation to the CLEO Chairs' Reception, special recognition during the conference and a certificate.
Funded by an endowment from Milton and Rosalind Chang and managed by the OSA Foundation, this program provides 10 travel grants of $500 USD each to students presenting papers at CLEO. Travel grants are awarded to the presenter and usually the first author of the paper.