Padilla Student Awarded SPIE Scholarship

May 31, 2020

Natalie Rozman

Congratulations to Natalie Rozman for being selected to receive the 2020 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship. To learn more, check out the following website:


BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA – 20 May 2020 

Natalie Rozman has been awarded a 2020 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for her potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. Rozman is a PhD student at Duke University (USA) under the supervision of Professor Willie Padilla. Her interests include the properties of novel materials utilizing spectroscopic methods including THz time-domain spectroscopy and Fourier transform spectroscopy. Her research investigates using metamaterial arrays for applications in biomolecular sensing and thermal detection. She received the 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Scholarship and has been invited to present her work at national conferences.

In 2020, the Society is awarding $298,000 in education scholarships to 78 outstanding SPIE student members, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline. Awardwinning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Kate Medicus.

Through 2019, SPIE has distributed over $6 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society's commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world. To view other 2020 press releases as they become available go to the 2020 Scholarship Winners page or learn more about SPIE scholarships on SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves more than 255,000 constituents from 183 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library.

In 2019, SPIE provided more than $5.6 million in community support including scholarships and awards, outreach and advocacy programs, travel grants, public policy, and educational resources.

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