The Australian Optical Society Postgraduate Student Prize is to recognise outstanding PhD students’ contribution to the field of optics and photonics. Through this prize The Australian Optical Society wishes to encourage participation in national and international conferences by postgraduate students recipients of this award, The prize is to be used as a grant for conference travel valued at up to $1500.
Selection criteria for the award
An applicant must be sufficiently advanced in the research project to have obtained significant results in optics or a related area, which are suitable for presentation at the proposed conference. Preference will be given to applicants who intend to use the prize to attend a major conference outside Australia and New Zealand. The successful applicant will be expected to write a summary of the conference for AOS News.
It is not essential that the results to be presented should have been accepted for 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 should provide an outline of their results to be presented (for example, a submitted conference paper) and should explain the benefits that would arise from their attendance at that conference.
The AOS award may not cover the full cost of the applicant's attendance at the proposed conference. Applicants should identify any sources of additional funding for their travel costs, and provide evidence of such support (for example, in the supervisor's letter of recommendation). 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.
The nomination should include
Previous winners of the Postgraduate Student Prize:
- 2020: Kirill Koshelev - Australian National University
- 2019: Gayathri Bharathan - Macquarie University and Kai Wang - Australian National University
- 2018: Rocio Camacho Morales - Australian National University
- 2017: Litty Thekkekara - RMIT University
- 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 - Queensland University of Technology
- 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 - Victoria University
- 1998: Marlies Fiese - University of Queensland and Justin Blows - Macquarie University
- 1997: Tanya Monro - The University of Sydney
- 1996: Andrew White - The Australian National University
- 1995: David Balaic - University of Melbourne
- 1994: Howard Wiseman - University of Queensland
- 1993: Duncan Butler - University of Melbourne