Photonics Center PhD Student Benefits and Resources

Travel Awards
Photonics Center PhD students who have papers accepted for presentation at SPIE or OSA conferences are eligible to receive 50% matching funds from the Photonics Center of up to $500 per student per trip. Students are also eligible to receive 50% matching funds of up to $750 for oral presentations.  Read more

Herbert J. Berman “Future of Light” Award
Photonics Center PhD students will be eligible for Berman “Future of Light” Awards for outstanding posters at Photonics events.

Photonics Center PhD students will have new opportunities for group discussions, socials, journal clubs, and networking.

Professional Development Opportunities
Photonics Center PhD students will gain experience and meet leaders in their field while planning Annual Photonics Symposia, Lunch and Learn seminars, and career events.  Students recently planned a full-day event with university speakers, alumni speakers, a poster session, and a career fair.

Career Planning and Professional Development is also available through the BU Graduate Education office.  There are many resources including workshops and professional events, drop-in office hours, a Vitamin PhD podcast, professional development grants and more.  Read more

Science Communications Training
Photonics Center PhD students will receive science communications training.

Shared Facilities

Students can use our Optoelectronic Processing Facility, Precision Measurement Laboratory, TIB/FEM facility following completing the required training.

Student Leadership Committee

Students can participate in the Student Leadership Committee and run for elected positions in the BU chapter of Optica/SPIE.

Helpful Resources and Links

PhD Student Funding 

Visit the links below to learn about funding and fellowship opportunities, financial aid information, and benefits information.

Societies and Clubs

Participate in various societies and clubs at BU to meet other students in mutual areas of interest.

Career Development

Photonics Center Business Innovation Center