PhD student awarded SPIE Travel Scholarship

*Co-authored by Prof. Biswas


Akshit Peer
ECpE PhD student Akshit Peer has been awarded SPIE Travel Scholarship

Akshit Peer, an ECpE PhD student and Ames Lab student associate, has been awarded a 2016 Travel Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

The scholarship application involves evaluation based on student’s research and participation in various outreach activities such as conducting science demos, judging at science fairs, or volunteering for STEM activities. The key criterion in evaluating and ranking applications is the prospect for long-term contribution that the granting of an award will make to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Working under the guidance of Prof. Rana Biswas, his research focuses on nanoscale patterning of soft materials for applications in photovoltaics, plasmonics, and drug delivery.

“I am glad to know that Akshit has received the scholarship,” Prof. Biswas said. “Attending various meetings for students’ professional development is an integral part of PhD and it helps to learn a lot.”

“I am honored to have received the SPIE Travel Scholarship. I will be using the funds to present my research at Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco.” Peer said. “The excellent presentations of eminent researchers and fellow graduate students from diverse areas at the meeting will help me to collect innovative ideas and initiate collaboration with them.”

For more information, please visit the SPIE Student Scholarships webpage.