The Australian Optical Society 


The Australian Optical Society wishes to encourage participation in national and international conferences by high-quality postgraduate students, and thus the Society has instituted the Australian Optical Society Prograduate Student Prize, which is a grant for conference travel valued upto $1500. Up to one award will be made in each year.

Previous winners of the Prize have been:

  • 2016 Dhruv Saxena - Australian National University
  • 2015 Katie Chong - Australian National University
  • 2014 Matthew Collins - The University of Sydney
  • 2013 Michael Taylor - The University of Queensland
  • 2011 Robert Williams - Macquarie University
  • 2010 Sebastian Saliba - University of Melbourne
  • 2009 Stephen Christopher Warren-Smith - University of Adelaide
  • 2008 Michael Jones - Queensland University of Technology
  • 2007 Felicity Cox - University of Sydney
  • 2006 Kristy C. Vernon - QUT
  • 2005 Aidan Brooks - Adelaide University
  • 2004 Ilya Shadrivov - Australian National University and  Thomas White - The University of Sydney
  • 2003 Joseph Hope - Australian National University
  • 2002 Luke Maquire -  University of Melbourne
  • 2001 Winfried Hensinger - University of Queensland
  • 2000 Saiedeh Saghafi - Macquarie University
  • 1999 Daniel Day - Optoelectronic Imaging Group, Victoria University
  • 1998 Marlies Fiese - University of Queensland and Justin Blows - Macquarie University
  • 1997 Tanyo Monro - The University of Sydney
  • 1995 David Balaic - School of Physics, University of Melbourne
  • 1994 Howard Wiseman - School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
  • 1993 Duncan Butler - School of Physics, University of Melbourne

An applicant and his/her supervisor must be: (1) a member of the Australian Optical Society, (2) enrolled in a postgraduate research degree, with a project in an optically related area. (If there is more that one supervisor, at least one must be a member of the AOS.) Non-members of the AOS may join the Society concurrently with their application for the prize. (Application forms are available in AOS News, or may be obtained from the Treasurer or Secretary). The prize cannot be awarded more than once to any individual.

An applicant must be sufficiently advanced in the research project to have obtained significant results in optics or a related area, such that those results are suitable for presentation at a proposed conference that falls in the twelve month period commencing 1 December. It is expected that the presentation at the proposed conference would take the form of a research paper, invited or contributed, oral or poster. The successful applicant will be expected to write a summary of the conference for AOS News.

Preference will be given in the selection procedures to applicants who intend to use the prize to attend and present their research results at a major conference outside Australia and New Zealand.

It is not essential that the results to be presented should already have been accepted for presentation at the proposed conference at the time of application, but no payment of the prize will be made until evidence of such acceptance is provided to the Society. Applicants are encouraged to provide tangible evidence of the results likely to be presented at the proposed conference (for example, in the form of an outline of a paper that has been accepted or submitted or is being prepared for that conference) and to make clear the benefits that would arise from their attendance at that conference.

The AOS award is not intended to cover the full cost of the applicant's attendance at the proposed conference. Wherever possible, applicants should identify means by which their research group and/or institution is likely to make a substantial contribution to their travel costs. Evidence of any such supplementary support should be provided (for example, by an undertaking in the supervisor's letter of recommendation). However, students with no identifiable supplementary travel support will not be disadvantaged in the selection process.

Since the research supervisor's report is a major factor in the assessment process, supervisors should be prepared to rank their students against the selection criteria if contacted by the selection committee.


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