Grad Student, Christopher Nguyen, Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Christopher Nguyen has been awarded a 2021 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field.

Nguyen is a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts University (USA). His research in the iBIT Lab focuses on quantitative multi-parametric ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging for high-throughput monitoring of burn wounds and tissue engineering applications. He anticipates that the analysis of structural and compositional changes in damaged and healing tissue will lead to better insights on their mechanisms for the development of effective treatments and prediction of response.

In 2021, 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. Award-winning applicants were evaluated, selected and approved by the SPIE Scholarship Committee, Chaired by SPIE volunteer Kate Medicus.
Through 2020, 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 2021 press releases as they become available go to the 2021 Scholarship Winners page or learn more about SPIE scholarships on

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