The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition recognizes innovation, research excellence, and presentation abilities in optical communications. The competition is endowed by a grant from Corning Inc. and administered by the OSA Foundation. To be eligible for consideration students must submit a paper to OFC and opt-in to the competition during the submissions process. Those with accepted papers meeting our score requirement will be asked to apply to participate in the competition at the meeting.
Criteria for Eligibility
All the following criteria must be met:
- Submitting author must opt-in to the competition during the regular submissions process and follow all of the instructions provided on the submission site.
- Presenting author must be an undergraduate or graduate student of an educational institution of collegiate grade who is devoting more than half-time to studies within the institution, at the time the paper was written.
- Paper must be submitted and accepted during the regular call for papers process for OFC (Note: Postdeadline Papers are not part of this competition).
- The paper must be presented orally by the student author during the conference.
- All properly submitted papers are reviewed and scored according to standard OFC Technical Program Committee review criteria.
- Three to five (3-5) papers will be selected as semi-finalists and asked to formally apply online.
- Status notification will be sent via email following the Technical Program Committees decision. A separate notification regarding paper acceptance will also be sent.
- Semi-finalists are required to submit a form signed by their advisor acknowledging their contribution to the paper presented. A copy of the form will be sent via email with the status notification.
- The Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition Committee will select 3 finalists from the pool of semi-finalists.
- Finalists are judged on innovation, research excellence, and presentation skills. Each finalist will present their paper to the Competition Committee in a private session at the conference. Details of this session will be made available to the finalists.
- One first prize winner and two honorable mention winners will be selected. The first prize winner receives $1,500 USD and two honorable mention winners receive $1,000 USD each. Competition results are announced on-site.