2018 Rising Researchers at SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference

Deadline: October 16 2017 at 12:30 AM PDT - CLOSED

This program is inactive or past the deadline.


The SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) Rising Researcher program is designed to recognize early career professionals who are conducting outstanding work in product development or research in the defense, commercial and scientific sensing, imaging, optics, or related fields.

The intent is to provide personal recognition, offer further professional growth and networking opportunities, make it easy to participate in the SPIE DCS 2018 technical program, and create possibilities for future SPIE DCS program/topic involvement or leadership roles.

The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the researcher's potential long-term contribution to sensing, imaging, optics, photonics, and related fields. Applications are judged based on the contribution of the researcher to the scientific, educational, or economic impact of optics and photonics. Merit will be judged relative to other applicants with similar professional backgrounds.

Researchers located anywhere in the world and who have graduated in the last 10 years are eligible to apply. Students - those who have not yet completed their terminal degree - are not eligible to apply for this award package and recognition.

Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply.

Women, minorities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Selected 2018 Rising Researchers will receive:
• 1 SPIE DCS Fee Waiver (with Proceedings)
• 1-year SPIE Early Career Professional membership
• 1 fee waiver for a half-day course at SPIE DCS
• Paper identified as a Rising Researcher in the conference program
• Special invitation to networking opportunities at the SPIE DCS event
• Acknowledgement in the SPIE DCS Final Program and may be featured in other SPIE materials, such as SPIE Professional Magazine


  • Researchers must have received their terminal degree between October 16, 2007 and October 16, 2017.

  • Researchers must submit a paper for presentation at the SPIE 2018 Defense and Commercial Sensing conference. The abstract due date is 9 October 2017

  • An up-to-date CV is required. If you do not have an academic-style CV, then a resume with a list of research presentations or project developments will be accepted

  • A statement of research impact is required. This statement details the current and anticipated impact of your research on the scientific field and society. Please provide a 1-3 minute video sharing the significance of your research as your statement of impact

  • One recommendation letter is required. Those providing recommendations should be able to comment on the impact of the applicant on sensing, imaging, optics, and photonics. This is an automated process. More details can be found in the application itself.

  • SPIE Membership is not required.

  • The completed application and recommendations must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Central Daylight Time) on October 16. Access to your application will not be available once the deadline passes.
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  • Incomplete applications will not be eligible for consideration.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results of their application via email by early November.

    Please contact EarlyCareer@spie.org if you have questions or experience technical problems with the online application process.

    Thank you,

    SPIE Rising Researchers Selection Committee

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