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FiO+LS Incubic Milton Chang Travel Grant

Supporting student participation at Optica's annual meeting.

Program Prize

USD 1,000

Funded by an endowment from Milton and Rosalind Chang, this program provides 7 grants of USD 1,000 to enable students who present papers to travel to the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FiO+LS), the annual meeting of Optica and the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science (APS/DLS). Grants are usually awarded to the presenter and/or first author of the paper.

Application Information

How To Apply

Submit a paper to FiO+LS and opt into the competition. Learn more on the conference website.

Important Dates

The submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular paper submission process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site.
Paper Submission Deadline: 01 January 0001

Applicant Requirements
  • Opt-in to the competition during the regular "call for papers" submission process for FIO.
  • Have an accepted paper to FiO.
  • Demonstrate need for travel support.
  • Be a current Optica student member.
Application Requirements
  • CV/Resume (no more than three pages)
  • Personal Statement (250 words or less)
  • Accepted Paper and Abstract
  • One letter of support from head of group leader, department of lab lead or PI

Past Recipients


  • Daniela Arellano, Yachay Tech University, Ecuador
  • Vincent Forster, Instituto de Fisica, UNAM, Canada
  • Suman Karan, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
  • Julian Orozco Herrera, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • Sandeep Singh, Physical Research Laboratory, India
  • Bianca Tieppo, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil
  • Kamila Tieppo, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil


  • Husain Alqattan, University of Arizona, United States
  • Daisy Ludlow, Brigham Young University, United States
  • Anirudh Ramesh, Northwestern University, United States
  • Jackson Rodrigues, Manipal School of Life Sciences, MAHE, Manipal, India
  • Ankit Sharma, IISER Bhopal, India
  • Sandeep Singh, Physical Research Laboratory, India
  • Huijuan Zhang, University at Buffalo, United States


  • Due to Covid-19 the travel grants were approved to cover the costs for 31 students registation at CLEO. 


  • Due to Covid-19 the travel grants were approved to cover the costs for 165 students publication fee's at CLEO. 


  • Scott Will, University of Rochester, United States
  • Tristan A. Wilkinson, West Virginia University, United States
  • Yun Zhao, Columbia University, United States
  • Justin Randall Rippy, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
  • An Pan, Xi'an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Jiamin Li, Tianjin University, China
  • Adedayo Muideen Sanni, Wayne State University, United States
  • Nils T Otterstrom, Yale University, United States
  • Swagato Sarkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • Sanjaya Lohani, Tulane University, United States
  • Christian Traum, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Chunyang Ma, Jilin University, China
  • Clemens Herkommer, TRUMPF Scientific Lasers GmbH & Co. KG, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Jon Gorecki, University of Southhampton , UK
  • Heming Wang, California Institute of Technology, US
  • Phillip Merkl, University of Regensburg, Germany
  • Midya Parto, University of Central Florida CREOL, US
  • Moshe-Isay Cohen, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Lukas Maczewsky, University of Rostock, Germany
  • Jason Leshin, University of Central Florida, US 


  • Koen Alexander, Ghent University-imec, Belgium
  • Enrico Carnemolla, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Sadegh Faraji-Dana, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Attila Fülöp, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Xinwei Li, Rice University, USA
  • Clemens Liewald, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Germany
  • Matthew Mitchell, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Francesco Saltarelli, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Zimu Zhu, Cornell University, USA
  • Jelena Notaros, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ankan Bag, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  • Avijit Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India
  • Aysan Bahari, Texas A&M University, USA 
  • Hsuan-Hao Lu, Purdue University, USA  
  • Jingyang Peng, RMIT University, Australia
  • Liang Xu, Nanjing University, China
  • Luca La Volpe, Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, France
  • Milica Notaros, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Poolad Imany, Purdue University, USA
  • Shahriar Aghaeimeibodi, University of Maryland, USA


  • Leonardo Del Bino, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Yijun Bo, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Joshua A. Burrow, University of Dayton, USA
  • Xu Feng, University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Shun Fujii, Keio University, Japan
  • Denis Ganin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Nicolas Bourbeau Hebert, Université Laval, Canada
  • M.V Jabir, Physical Research Laboratory, India
  • Chaitali Joshi, Cornell University, Columbia University, United States
  • Gun-Yeal Lee, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Elhanan Maguid, Technion, Israel
  • Andri Mahendra, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Christopher Pugh, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Qitian Ru, CREOL, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Ezgi Sahin, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • Maria Solyanik, The George Washington University, USA
  • Nathália B. Tomazio, University of Sao Paulo/Sao Carlos Institute of Physics, Brazil
  • Jinghui Yang, University of California, Los Angeles, United States 
  • Yunyi Yang, Centre for Micro-Photonics/Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Han Zhang, University of Texas at Arlington, USA


  • Mahbub Alam, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Surekha Barkur, Manipal University, India  
  • Elad Eizner, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Xiaobo Han, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China  
  • Krzysztof Kaczmarek, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Aditya  Kakkar, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Tong Lin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sara Magdi Al Menabawy, American University in Cairo, Egypt  
  • Emerson Gonçalves de Melo, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil  
  • Roxana Rezvani Naraghi, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Michael Nielsen, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Christian Reimer, INRS-EMT, Canada  
  • Gabriel Castillo Santiago, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico  
  • Chao Shen, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Patrick A. Stockton, Colorado State University, USA  
  • Peng Wang, University of Utah, USA
  • Yi Weng, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
  • Marcelo Wu, University of Calgary, NRC - National Institute for Nanotechnology, Canada
  • Hengyun Zhou, Harvard University, USA


  • Aadhi A., Physical Research Laboratory, India
  • Milad I. Akhlaghi, University of Central Florida, United States 
  • Matthew Applegate, Tufts University, United States
  • Omar Calderon-Losada, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Bingying Chen, Peking University, China
  • Rokas Drevinskas, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Itai Epstein, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
  • Alem Gebru, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Moshe G. Harats, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jianguo Huang, Xian Jiaotong University , China
  • Amir Khodabakhsh, Umeå University, Sweden 
  • H. Esat Kondakci, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Vincent Michaud-Belleau, Universite Laval, Canada
  • Vishwatosh Mishra, IIT Kharagpur, India
  • Gregory Moille, Thales Research & Technology, France
  • Patrik Rath, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Litty V. Thekkekara, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Logan Wright, Cornell University, United States
  • Haomin Yao, University of Rochester, United States


  • Chris Edwards, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Vala Fathipour, Northwestern University, United States
  • Hojoong Jung, Yale University, USA
  • Xin Li, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Mohammad Ali Miri, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Bozhidar Oreshkov, Max Born Institute, Bulgaria
  • Antoine Runge, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Robert Woodward, Imperial College of London, United Kingdom
  • Jingda Wu, University of Washington, USA
  • Xingyu Zhang, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Anderson Amaral, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Li Chen, Ohio State University, United States
  • Vala Fathipour, Northwestern University, United States
  • Manuel Marques, University of Kent, United Kingdom
  • Giovanni Milione, CUNY City College, United States
  • Jelena Notaros, University of Colorado Boulder, United States
  • Jungwook Paek, Iowa State University, United States
  • Amy Shah, Vanderbilt University, United States
  • Caio Bruno Wetterich, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Xiaorui Zheng, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


  • Boris Afinogenov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Anderson Amaral, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Ajanta Barh, IIT Delhi, India
  • Cristian Cortes, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Itai Epstein, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Kumel Kagalwala, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Ondrej Kitzler, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Yufei Ma, Rice University, USA
  • Francesco Monticone,The University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Himansu Pattanaik, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Ralph Peterson, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
  • Hongxia Qi, Perking University, USA
  • Jun Suk Rho, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Shibdas Roy, University of New South Wales, USA
  • Niccolo Somaschi, University of Southampton, UK
  • Sergey Svyakhovskiy, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Polina Vabishchevich, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Yuzhe Xiao, University of Rochester, USA
  • Min-Seok Yoon, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
  • Nadezhda Zhdanova, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia


  • Jehan Akbar, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Sharad Bhooplapur, University of Maryland, USA
  • Francesco de Ros, DTU Fotonik, Denmark
  • Ming Ding, University of Southampton, UK
  • Moshen Rahmani, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sergey Stremoukhov, M.V. Lomonsov Moscow State University, Russia
  • Xiao Sun, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Sebastian Wuenstner, Imperial College London, UK
  • Soroush Hossein Yadzi, University of Maryland, USA
  • Wei Yu, University of Maryland, USA
  • Regina Alves, University of Sao Palo, Brazil
  • Emerson Barbano, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Precious Cantu,University of Utah, USA
  • Suzie Dufour, Laval University, Canada
  • Laszlo Gyongyosi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Kumel Kagalwala, University of Central Florida, CREOL, USA
  • Idelma Terra, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Terence Tsz-Wai Wong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Carmen Vela Garcia, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Ye Wang, Northwestern University, USA


  • Lina He, Washington University, United States
  • Devin Pugh-Thomas, University of Virginia, United States
  • Alessandro Tuniz, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Yuze (Alice) Sun, University of Michigan, United States
  • Peng Sun, Ohio State University, United States
  • Josue Davila-Rodriguez, University of Central Florida, United States
  • Cobus Jacobs, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Gilad Lerman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Pouya Maraghechi, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bora Ung, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
  • Rocío Borrego Varillas, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
  • Gillian Kyne, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Juliana M.P. de Almeida, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Francesco Aieta, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Pavel Porizka, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
  • Jeremy Moore, University of Michigan, United States
  • Kevin Vora, Harvard University, United States
  • Martin Lavery, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Anton Bykov, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Anirban Mitra, University of Rochester, United States


  • Alvaro Casa Bedoya, Univ. of Sydney, Australia
  • Martynas Beresna, Univ. of Southampton, UK
  • Martin Bernier, COPL, Univ. Laval, Canada
  • Thomas Buss, Technical Univ. of Denmark, Denmark
  • Chieh-feng Chang, California Inst. of Technology, USA
  • Josue Davila, Univ. of Central Florida, USA
  • Doug French, Purdue Univ., USA
  • Shima Fardad, Univ. of Central Florida, USA
  • Nathan Heilmann, Brigham Young Univ., USA
  • Ori Katz, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Robert Keil, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena, Germany
  • Pouya Maraghechi, Univ. of Alberta, Canada
  • Thomas Matthews, Duke Univ., USA
  • Hayden McGuinness, Univ. of Oregon, USA
  • Joel Rubin, Queens College, the City Univ. of New York, USA
  • Jonathas de Paula Siqueira, Univ. de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Irina Soboleva, Moscow State Univ., Russia
  • Christian Smith, Aarhus University in Denmark
  • Amy Watkins, Univ. College Cork, Ireland
  • Aram Zeytunyan, Yerevan State Univ., Armenia


  • Oscar Ayala, Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Dean Brown, Univ. of Rochester, USA
  • Jia Chen, Walter Schottky Inst., Germany
  • Harold Dehez, INRS-EMT, Canada
  • Moti Fridman, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Vishal Jagtap, Paris Electrical Engineering Lab, France
  • Nikolay Makarov, Montana State Univ, USA
  • Euan McLeod, Princeton Univ., USA
  • Shalin Mehta, Natl. Univ. of Singapore, Singapore
  • Rachel Noek, Duke Univ., USA
  • Vito Roppo, Polytechnic Univ of Catalonia, Spain
  • Kristopher Rowland, Univ. of Adelaide, Australia
  • Laura Russell, Tyndall Natl. Inst., Ireland
  • Kanwarpal Singh, INRS-EMT, Canada
  • Hu “Tiger” Tao, Boston Univ., USA
  • Wei Wei, Peking Univ., China
  • Petter Westberg, Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Sweden
  • Xiaoxia Wu, Univ. of Southern California, USA
  • Michelle Xu, Univ. of Toronto, Canada
  • Marco Zanola, Univ. of Pavia, Italy
  • Maria Antonietta Vinceti, DII - University of Brescia, Italy


  • Adalberto Alejo-Molina, INAOE, Mexico
  • Nicole Brimhall, Brigham Young Univ., USA
  • Yaron Bromberg, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Rijuparna Chakraborty, Univ. of Calcutta, India
  • Daniel Corrêa,Univ de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Marcello Ferrera, INRS-EMT, Canada
  • Ivan Garanovich, Australian Natl. Univ., Australia
  • Qing Gu, Univ. of British Columbia, Canada
  • David Haefner, Univ. of Central Florida, USA
  • Alireza Hassani, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Robert Kester, Rice Univ., USA
  • Yoav Lahini, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Henry Liu, Princeton Univ., USA
  • Yulia Mazhirina, Saratov State Univ., Russia
  • Sara Núñez-Sánchez, Inst. de Óptica, Spain
  • Jiahui Peng, Texas A&M Univ., USA
  • Keith Serrels, Heriot Watt Univ., UK
  • Kyung Soo Choi, California Inst. of Technology, USA
  • Robert Wilson, Univ. of Michigan, USA
  • Jackson J. Bianca, Univ. of Michigan, USA
  • Jonathan Blakely, USA
  • Pamela Bowlan, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Paul Hoy, University of Southampton, UK


  • Amit Agrawal, Univ. of Utah, USA
  • Victoria Astley, Rice Univ., USA
  • Shaghik Atakaramians, Univ. of Adelaide, Australia
  • Dane Austin, Univ. of Oxford , UK
  • Majid Badiei, Georgia Tech Univ., USA
  • Corey Baron, Univ. of Alberta, Canada
  • I-wei Andy Hsieh, Columbia Univ., USA
  • Meredith M. Lee, Stanford Univ., USA
  • Giovanni Volpe,  Inst. de Ciències Fotòniques, Spain
  • Bingwei Xu, Michigan State Univ., USA
  • Riccardo Castagna, Univ. Politecnica Delle Marche, Italy
  • Uday Chettiar, Purdue Univ., USA
  • Kevin Early, Univ. of Massachusetts, USA
  • Mark Herrera, Univ. of Missouri-Rolla, USA
  • Panomsak Meemon, Univ. of Central Florida, USA
  • Nicole Moore, Univ. of Rochester, USA
  • Ubaldo Neves, IFSC, Univ. de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Dmitry Pestov, Texas A&M Univ., USA
  • Mohammed Saleh, Boston Univ., USA
  • Natan Shaked, Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Israel
  • Giorgio Volpe, University College London, UK


  • Felicie Albert, École Polytechnique, France
  • Alexandra Baum, Univ. of Manchester, UK
  • John Adegoke, Norfolk State Univ., USA
  • Pascal Dupriez, Univ. of Southampton, UK
  • Mable Fok, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, China
  • Yan Li, Univ. of New Mexico, USA
  • Iva Maxwell, Harvard Univ., USA
  • Wilbur Reichman, Univ. of California, Davis, USA
  • Xingwei Wang, Virginia Tech Univ., USA
  • Xiushan Zhu, Univ. of New Mexico, USA
  • Or Peleg, Technion Univ., Israel
  • Weibin Chen, Univ. of Dayton, USA
  • Andrea Alù, Univ. of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Guoguang Rong, Vanderbilt Univ. Nashville, USA
  • Lirong Wang, Univ. of Arizona, USA
  • Luigino Criante, Univ. Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Mark Rothmayer, Xavier Univ., USA
  • Rijuparna Chakraborty, Univ. of Calcutta, India
  • Tyler Ralston, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Yannick Keith Lizé, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Xiaogang Chen, Columbia Univ., USA


  • Guy Bartal, Technion, Israel Inst. of Technology, Israel
  • Conner Evans, Harvard Univ., USA
  • Yannick Keith Lize, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Avi Niv, Technion, Israel Inst. of Technology, Israel
  • Lazaro Padhila, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Nakeeran Ponnampalam, Univ. of Alberta, Canada
  • Tyler Ralston, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Amartya Sengupta, New Jersey Inst. of Technology, USA
  • Daxin Shi, Illinois Inst. of Technology, USA
  • Adam Zysk, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


  • David R. Lytle, II, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Marco Antonio Duenas Esterling, Univ. Natl. de Colombia, Colombia
  • Brendan Hanna, Australian Natl. Univ., Australia
  • Sonali Dasgupta, Indian Inst. of Technology at Delhi, India
  • Ben Brown, Univ. of Oxford, UK
  • Aziz Mahfoud Familia, Univ. of Dayton, USA
  • Lazaro A. Padilha, Jr., State Univ. of Campinas, Brazil
  • Cong Deng, Univ. of Dayton, USA
  • Chao Li, Hong Kong Univ. of Science & Technology, China
  • Yannick Keith Lize, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Mihaela Balu, School of Optics/CREOL, Univ. of Central Florida, USA
  • Milena D'Angelo, Univ. of Maryland at Baltimore County, USA
  • Nirmalya Ghosh, Biomedical Applications Section of Center for Advanced Technology, India
  • Denis G. Gusev, Moscow State Univ., Russia
  • Mitsuko Igarashi, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Amiel Ishaaya, Weizmann Inst. of Science, Israel
  • Charu Kakkar, Indian Inst. of Technology at Delhi, India
  • Tzu-Ming Liu, Natl. Taiwan Univ., Taiwan
  • Ryan Roth, Columbia Univ., USA
  • Ilya Shadrivov, Australian Natl. Univ., Australia

Selection Committee

The recipient is selected by the FiO+LS conference and program chairs.

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