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Early Career Professionals

Your career in optics and photonics is just getting started.


Discover if you qualify to be one of our future leaders.

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Early Career Membership
Early Career Membership

Join our community of members worldwide.

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Provided by the foundation, fellowships are special opportunities to jump start or change a career path.

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Lomb Medalist Laura Waller
Lomb Medal

Presented to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics at an early career stage.

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Thompson Recipient Rengmao Wu
Thompson Design Innovator Award

Recognizes contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology at an early career stage.

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Prizes & Competitions
Prizes & Competitions

Be recognized for excellence in research and innovation.

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