New Graduate Student Scholarship Honors Professor James. T. Schwiegerling

March 13, 2024

Scholarship Applications for AY24-25 Accepted by March 17

James T. Schwiegerling

The Wyant College of Optical Sciences announces the establishment of the James T. Schwiegerling Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical Sciences in honor of the late Emeritus Professor of Optical Sciences, Dr. James T. Schwiegerling, Robert Shannon Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The deadline for submitting an application for this and other scholarships held at the College is March 17, 2024. To learn more about the application process view here.

Jim Schwiegerling, PhD (OSC 1995) dedicated his career to pioneering advancements in optical engineering, particularly in the realm of ophthalmic applications. In 2020, Jim was awarded to the prestigious appointment of the Robert R. Shannon Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences

He published 117 archival journal and proceedings papers, seven book chapters, and three books including the popular SPIE “Field Guide to Visual and Ophthalmic Optics.”

Widely recognized as a remarkable champion of students as a teacher and advisor, he supervised 40 MS and 19 PhD students at the College. Several more of his students continued their studies after Jim’s passing in April 2023 from a valiant battle with cancer in which he prevailed for many years.

This scholarship was established by the Schwiegerling family—his wife, Diana, and children, Max and Marie—and serves to commemorate Jim’s profound impact on both education and research within the optics community.

For more information about the James T. Schwiegerling Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical Sciences, including eligibility criteria, please learn more here.