SPIE Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in Optical Sciences

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. Annually, SPIE provides multiple millions of dollars in support of education and outreach programs.

In recognition of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences 50th-year anniversary, the society established this scholarship to further advance the vision for power and potential in optics and photonics by educating brilliant young minds. On behalf of all SPIE members worldwide, this scholarship represents the significant appreciation that the society holds for the college and its students and our profound desire to further strengthen this partnership for infinite years to come.


This scholarship is available to a first-year graduate student at the College of Optical Sciences. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence, applicants should display commitment to scholarship, involvement in extracurricular activities and interests beyond science and technology.


Yufei Gao

Yiyang Huang

Sihan Wu

Ashlesha Patil

Charlotte Guthery

Alexander Rodack

Yukun Qin