Edmund Optics accepting applications for Education Award

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Edmund Optics (EO) is now accepting applications for its 2014 Educational Award, which was launched at Photonics West in San Francisco this month, an expansion of its prestigious European Research and Innovation Award.

The new award aims to acknowledge optics projects that will have an impact on future applications. In 2014, Edmund Optics will distribute 45 global awards in the form of products that are worth up to €7,000.

After years of growing enthusiasm for its European Research and Innovation Award, Edmund Optics has now combined its regional grant programmes into one global Educational Award programme. As in previous years, the EO Educational Award will recognise cutting-edge research around the globe. This year's programme will offer 45 awards, broken down to 15 awards per region - the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

The new 2014 Educational Award, consists of Gold (€7,000 in products), Silver (€5,000 in products) and Bronze (€3,000 in products) awards plus 12 matching awards (€250 each in EO Techspec products), in Europe. The Americas and Asia award similar prizes in their local currencies.

‘Given the tremendous success of the research programmes we have supported over the past years, it is exciting to announce the expansion of this programme into the EO Educational Award,’ said Kirsten Bjork-Jones, director of global marketing communications. ‘With the new EO Educational Award, we hope to create even more visibility for the diversity of research around the world. I would encourage anyone involved in a project using optics, opto-mechanics or imaging components at a college or university to apply.’ 

The process for selecting award recipients is determined by the Edmund Optic award team. After thorough review of applications, finalists are selected and asked to provide more detailed information about their programmes. The award recipients are then selected based on technical merit and innovative use of optics in a research setting or lab. Finalists will be announced on 17 September 2014, and Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients will be announced on 15 October 2014.

Applicants for the Educational Award in Europe must be from undergraduate and graduate programmes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at European non-profit colleges and universities working on such projects. Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2014.