• Technical Conference:  10 – 15 May 2020
  • Exhibition: 12 – 14 May 2020

Awards, Grants and Prizes

Awards, Grants and Prizes

Students, recent graduates and early-career professionals are encouraged to take advantage of CLEO Student Programs and Career Services.

APS - Division of Laser Science 

DLS Student Travel Grants 
 - Now accepting applications for Student Travel Grants to assist with travel costs to CLEO in San Jose, CA 5-10 May 2019. The deadline for receipt of complete applications is 12 April 2019. Please click here for more information.

DLS Child Care Assistance Grants
- Grants of up to $500 are available to assist DLS members who are bringing children to CLEO, 5 - 10 May 2019, or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (e.g., extra daycare or babysitting services). To receive funds, applicants must submit a request no later than 12 April 2019. Grant recipients will be notified prior to the conference. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers. Please click here for more information.


American Physics Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS) Poster Presentation and Award

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) who are presenting at the meeting are invited to participate in a poster competition hosted by the Division of Laser Science (DLS) of the American Physical Society (APS). Students are eligible for free first-time membership (click here), and membership in APS and DLS is required for participation in the competition. Three best-poster awards (a certificate and $100) will be given to the winning poster presenters.

To be eligible for consideration students must submit a paper to the CLEO Conference and must opt-in to the competition during the submissions process. Further eligibility criteria is provided on the submission site.

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

Maiman Student Paper Competition 

The Maiman Paper Competition was established in 2008 in memory of Theodore Maiman in acknowledgement of his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics. The program recognizes student innovation, research excellence and presentation skills in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics.

The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories, LLC, IEEE Photonics Society and APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by the OSA Foundation.  
Authors must opt-in to the competition during the regular CLEO paper submission process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site. Finalists will present their papers to a panel of judges in a private session during the conference. The top prize winner receives $3,000 USD; two honorable mention recipients each receive a certificate.
The results are announced on-site during the CLEO Plenary Session.

Tingye Li Innovation Prize 

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. 
The prize is endowed by Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc., AT&T, The Optical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society, Thorlabs, Inc, The Li Family and supporters of the Tingye Li Memorial Fund, and is administered by the OSA Foundation

Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant 

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.

James P. Gordon Memorial Speakership Program

Established in 2014 with the support of the Gordon family, The James P. Gordon Memorial Endowment will fund a speakership on Quantum Information and Quantum Optics to a CLEO invited speaker. This speakership will pay tribute to Dr. Gordon for his numerous high-impact contributions to quantum electronics and photonics, including the demonstration of the maser.

A maximum of one (1) recipient will receive a $1,500 honorarium and their presentation will be recorded and archived in OSA's media library. The contents will serve as an educational resource for the next generation of optics and photonics leaders.

This speakership is endowed by The Gordon family, and supporters of the James P. Gordon Memorial Fund, and is administered by The OSA Foundation.


The Optical Society (OSA) Technical Group Poster Session Award

OSA Technical Groups will host a focused poster session that will highlight the work of students and recent graduates in their respective fields. This engaging session will bring together colleagues for an opportunity to hear about the participants’ latest research findings and exchange ideas. Attendees at the session will vote for the best poster from each of the four participating technical groups, with the winner from each technical group receiving a certificate and a three-year membership to OSA.

To be eligible for consideration students must submit a paper to the CLEO Conference and must opt-in to the competition during the submissions process. Further eligibility criteria is provided on the submission site.

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