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Amplify Black Voices in Science


There are scientists and engineers who exemplify Black achievement in science from all over the world. However, inequalities in access and opportunities as well as a disparity in recognition and visibility has resulted in a persistent underrepresentation of Black scientists. At Optica, we have recommitted ourselves working to change this, particularly for our optics and photonics community.

Based on the work of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Rapid Action Committee, established by the Board of Directors, the following programs were established with the goals of supporting existing black scientists and engineers and increasing their numbers within the optics and photonics community. We encourage you to explore and share these opportunities, as well as get involved with other Optica programs and activities.

Amplify Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to 10 Black undergraduate or graduate level students. In addition to the funding, recipients gain access to our global network of mentors and the supporting companies.

Get Involved >> Learn about the inaugural class of recipients of this scholarship, and learn more about the eligibility and application process. You can also donate today to this or other Optica Foundation programs.

Amplify Publishing Grant

Publication charges can be a barrier to the participation of underrepresented communities in STEM journals. Reducing such barriers may improve diversity and address inequalities in existing societal systems, including academic ones.

This grant is designed to reduce a paywall barrier by providing a one-time opportunity for authors who self-identify as Black to benefit from publication in an Optica Publishing Group Open-Access journal.

Learn More >> Find out more about eligibility for this program, and apply for the grant when your paper is accepted for publication by one of Optica Publishing Group’s Open-Access journals (Biomedical Optics Express, Optica, Optical Materials Express, Optics Continuum [formerly OSA Continuum], or Optics Express

Amplify Optics Immersion Program

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Amplify African Optics Exchange Program

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