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Lu awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Leslie Lestinsky • DATE: May 25, 2018

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Lu awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – May 16, 2018 – Junchi Lu has been awarded a 2018 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for her potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Lu is a third-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame (USA). She is conducting research in the Mid-infrared & Thz Photonics Group with Professor Anthony Hoffman. Her research focuses on developing semiconductor devices such as quantum cascade lasers that can control and emit far-infrared light for many applications in biomedical care and astronomy. Lu is also involved in strong light-matter coupling in extremely small interactions using nanocavities. She has co- authored several publications and won two grants. She has served as the Chair for Notre Dame SPIE Student Chapter and mentor of STEM-Mentorship program.

The Society awarded $293,000 in education scholarships to 85 outstanding SPIE student members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Award-winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Jeremy Bos.

Through 2017, SPIE has distributed $5.7 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.

To view other 2018 press releases as they become available go to the 2018 Scholarship Winners page or learn more about SPIE scholarships on spie.org.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2017, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs. www.spie.org.

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