1. 2012 OCT News Student Travel Grant Award Opportunity Announcement

    2012 OCT News Student Travel Grant Award Opportunity Announcement

    OCT News in collaboration with Sensors-Unlimited/Goodrich, AlazarTech, Santec, Bioptigen, and Thorlabs is pleased to sponsor four student travel grants of $1,000 each. The goal of this grant is to assist in the travel expenses of a student to attend an OCT Conference such as the upcoming Photonics West conference in San Francisco on January 21st 2012 (or a similar conference). To be eligible for this travel grant, the applicant must be a student doing research in the area of Optical Coherence Tomography, the work submitted must be recent and mainly the work of the student, and all funds must be used by the student to travel to an OCT conference.  Awards will be funneled via the students institution. See instructions below.




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    To apply for the student travel grant, please submit no more than a 15 page PowerPoint presentation, (with optional animation, embedded video, and/or embedded audio).  Also submit a separate 1 page text summary description of the work along with information on your group/institution, and a personal biography to OCT News. Submissions must be received by December 15th 2011. To submit, please go to www.octnews.org and click the “Contact OCT News” button in the main menu bar or send an email to octnews @ hivefire.com.

    The travel grants will be reviewed by several reviewers and the winners selected and the award will be made in early January based on the novelty, technical merit, and clarity of the submitted work. The recipients submitted work will be featured on OCT News website (and perhaps one of the sponsors websites) in early January once the award is made.

    Alazartech (http://www.alazartech.com/

    AlazarTech, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, provides high performance, low cost PC Based Instruments and software for customers involved in building OEM products, manufacturing test systems and research and development. AlazarTech was founded in 2003 by Muneeb Khalid, who was the original founder of Gage Applied Sciences Inc., a pioneer in PC Based Instrumentation. That company was sold to Tektronix Inc. in 2000. While AlazarTech manufactures some of the fastest PCI and PCI Express digitizers on the market, speed alone is not the differentiating factor. AlazarTech concentrates on providing usability features for its PCI and PCIe digitizers that make them very easy to integrate into real-world OEM applications such as ultrasonic testing, medical imaging and radar signal analysis.


    Bioptigen (http://www.bioptigen.com)

    Bioptigen is an entrepreneurial medical device company committed to delivering sophisticated imaging solutions in the most practical, portable and flexible ways possible. The company's passion for innovation enables life-changing advances in health care. Bioptigen’s innovative Spectral Domain Ophthalmic Imaging System (SDOIS) delivers highly resolved images of ocular tissues that aid researchers and clinicians in their study, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of eye conditions. To learn more about Bioptigen’s vision and technology, as well as the company behind it, visit http://www.bioptigen.com.


    Santec (http://www.santec.com/en/products/oct)

    Santec is a global photonics engineering company and a leading manufacturer of Tunable Lasers, Optical Test and Measurement Products, and Advanced Optical Components. Santec is a dynamic venture spirited company established in 1979, celebrating more than 30 years in optical innovations. Santec’s advanced swept lasers were developed specifically for OCT applications, and include an expansive selection of high specification sources which feature high speed, wide tuning, high linearity and more. These sources utilize advanced laser technology to achieve high resolution 3-D imaging and high resolution real time 2-D imaging. Santec also offers a complete OCT imaging system, the IVS-2000, as well as a variety of custom OEM sources, balanced photo detectors, and OCT probe options.


    Sensors Unlimited / Goodrich ISR Systems (http://www.sensorsinc.com/OCT.html

    Sensors Unlimited-Goodrich ISR Systems, based in Princeton, NJ, has pioneered the design and production of NIR and SWIR cameras and systems utilizing advanced indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) imaging technology for industrial, commercial, military, agricultural, and scientific markets. Products of interest for bio-photonics include 92 kHz linescan cameras for SD-OCT, large-full-well area cameras for full-field OCT, both at 1.05 and 1.31 micron center wavelength, and compact area cameras for dental trans-illumination. For additional information on InGaAs-based shortwave infrared imaging detectors, arrays, and systems, please visit www.sensorsinc.com.


    Thorlabs (http://www.thorlabs.com/)

    Thorlabs, an active member of the Photonics community for 20 years, manufactures equipment for the photonics industry, including optomechanics, optics, laser diodes, tunable lasers, optical detectors, motion control equipment, and vibration isolation systems. In addition to core photonics equipment, Thorlabs also provides system-level imaging solutions such as our complete OCT, confocal, and multiphoton imaging systems. With offices based in the US, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, and China, Thorlabs is focused on providing fast response to customer inquiries and same-day shipment for stock items.

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