Edmund Optics education grant program expands with global reach

March 5, 2011
Edmund Optics is extending its 3rd Annual Higher Education Grant Program worldwide.

Barrington, NJ--Optical components manufacturer Edmund Optics announced the global expansion of their 3rd Annual Higher Education Grant Program. This program, now reaching out to include university optics programs in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, will be giving away over $60,000 worth of product awards. "Due to the overwhelming success of this program in the US and Asia last year, we have increased the funding to extend the grant program worldwide," said Kirsten Bjork-Jones, director of Global Marketing Communications. "We are very pleased and encouraged by the success of this program and remain solidly committed to supporting research and innovation at non-profit colleges and universities."

In addition to the $22,500 award for the Americas, grant awards will be also be given to University programs in Europe totaling 10,000 Euro in EO products (plus a trip to the Vision 2011 trade show in Stuttgart, Germany) and products totaling $22,500 US dollars in Asia.

EO’s first grant program in 2009, the EO University Bursary Grant Program, originated as part of the Singapore campaign for Southeast Asia. Monash University School of Physics in Victoria, Australia, was awarded S$5,000 (SGD) in EO products for their optical and astronomical research and teaching programs. The second grant of S$10,000 (SGD) of EO product was awarded in 2010 to the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Edmund Optics will again award grants totaling $22,500 in EO product to three such programs in the Americas in a continuing effort to support outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at non-profit colleges and universities. Criteria for the awards encompass the number of students and courses involved in the study of optics, specific projects, and the types of products which would be most useful.

Grant applications can be found at www.edmundoptics.com/grant and must be submitted by June 30, 2011. Grant awards will be announced on October 1, 2011.

SOURCE: Edmund Optics; www.edmundoptics.com/about-us/news-and-events/eoinnewsdisplay.cfm?newsid=323

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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