Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components to both industry and academia, announced recently the finalists for its 2012 Higher Education Global Grant Program. The potential grant recipients were chosen from over 750 applications received globally from candidates representing 53 countries. This year, the Higher Education Global Grant program will be awarding over $80,000 USD in products to the winners plus an additional $5,000 USD awarded to the program that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics' founder Norman Edmund. That's 28% more in free products than was awarded last year.
"This is a very exciting time for us. We are amazed at the breadth and scope of the applications we received from almost every corner of the globe," commented Kirsten Bjork-Jones, Director of Global Marketing Communications. "Our commitment to education and research extends far beyond the normal channels, and to see that we have successfully reached out and connected with academia from around the world is truly rewarding."
The 45 hopeful finalists, representing 22 different countries, submitted applications ranging from non-invasive optical systems for cancer detection and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) techniques for macular degeneration to remote laser sensing of insects for malaria detection and optical probing of glacial ice for climatic analysis. Finalists can look forward to joining EO's elite group of grant recipients who continue to accelerate optical innovation.
"The applicants are the real experts. Our grant program supports their cutting-edge research while advancing the growing interest in optics at the university level. This program not only allows us to explore the diverse aspects in our own industry, but also sustain the emergence of technology and sciences that might not otherwise have had a chance to continue if it wasn't for opportunities like EO's grant program," added Bjork-Jones.
The difficult task of selecting the winning grant recipients from so many worthy applicants lies ahead for EO's global grant team. After securing more in-depth information about the programs, the Team will select three award recipients for each region, the Americas, Asia and Europe respectively, based on two criteria: (1) Technical Merit, which is the application of optics in the program, and (2) the Innovative use of optics in a lab or research setting.
Check back on September 14, 2012 to meet our 2012 Higher Education Grant recipients. In the meantime, to meet the finalists, please visit www.edmundoptics.com/grant.
Edmund Optics (EO) is a leading producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and military markets around the globe. EO is the world's largest supplier of off-the-shelf optical components. For more information, visit www.edmundoptics.com
SOURCE: Edmund Optics