27 February 2020

Thirteen Women Scholars Awarded 2020 Optical Communications Scholarships and Travel Grants

OSA Foundation and Corning awards program and need-based travel grants support gender diversity

WASHINGTON —The OSA Foundation (OSAF) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) have announced the second annual recipients of the Women in Optical Communications Scholarships and Travel Grants.

The merit-based scholarships, each totaling $3,000 (USD), support women graduate students studying optical communications and networking. More broadly, the program is designed to advance gender diversity in the global optical communications industry.  

The 2020 Women in Optical Communications Scholarship recipients are: Shaimaa Azzam, Purdue, University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A.; Ann Margareth Rosa Brusin, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; and Fatemeh Ghaedi Vanani, CREOL, University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics, Orlando, U.S.A.

In addition to the scholarship, each winner will receive up to $2,000 (USD) for expenses relating to travel, housing and registration fees to attend the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) in San Diego, California, U.S.A. 8-12 March 2020, where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony.

“Creating opportunities for women to thrive in the field of optical communications is a significant goal for the OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated,” said Alexander Sawchuk, OSA Foundation Chair. “The scholarship and travel grant program will support women from across the globe who are charting a career path that will ultimately increase gender diversity in this industry.”

“At Corning we believe that the best solutions and innovations come from bringing people with different perspectives together. When you support gender inclusion, diversity, and an open dialogue, you're supporting innovation. We are proud to join forces with The Optical Society Foundation (OSAF) to increase gender diversity in optical communications,” said Dr. Aleksandra Boskovic, research director for Optics, Surfaces & Integration Technologies, Corning Incorporated. “Congratulations to all the amazing women receiving these scholarships and grants. I am looking forward to personally meeting them at OFC.”

Candidates for The Women in Optical Communications Scholarship must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An OSA member woman currently enrolled as a graduate student at a university
  • Field of study/research focused on optical components, devices and fiber, networks, applications and access or photonic systems and subsystems
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, for example, GPA, publications, references or other awards/merits.

For more details on the scholarship, including how to apply, visit osa.org/corningscholarship.

OSAF and Corning have also established need-based travel grants to help cover travel costs to OFC. The grants are available for women engaged in graduate or postdoctoral study, or in the first five years of their career.

2020 travel grant winners include: Hannah Watson, University of Cambridge, U.K.; Svenja Mauthe, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Switzerland; Monette Khadr, SUNY Albany, U.S.A.; Yan Fu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China; Riti Gour, University of Texas at Dallas, U.S.A.; Yating Wan, University of California Santa Barbara, U.S.A; Erin Knutson, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.; Ligia Moreira Zorello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Uiara de Moura, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark; Mai Banawan, Universite Laval, Canada.

Travel grant and application details can be found at osa.org/corningtravelgrant.

About The OSA Foundation

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by the Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support the society’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The Foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research, engineering and business communities around the globe. The Foundation also works to secure OSA Awards and Honors program endowments. For more information, visit osa.org/foundation.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.

Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.

About Optica

Optica (formerly OSA), the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide, is dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica’s renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement.

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