Upcoming Opportunities

Sept. 20, 2022

Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design 2023

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship is to be awarded to a student of optical design, where the term 'optical design' is meant to include lens design, illumination design and computational optical design.

More Information about the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship

Requirements of the Scholarship

Submit to:

The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship
c/o SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering
P.O. Box 10
Bellingham, WA 98227-0010, U.S.A.
e-mail:   scholarships@spie.org


ARCS Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the external 2023-2024 ARCS Foundation Graduate Scholarship.  I highly encourage eligible students to apply.  OSC has had at least two award recipients per academic year for the last several years.   Please see below for scholarship details, including eligibility and application instructions.

More information about the ARCS Foundation Scholarship

Download the Application Here, Email to Mark Rodriguez

About ARCS:

ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students who are US citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering, math, technology, and medical research. The ARCS Foundation specifically requests exceptional doctoral students working in the field of Agriculture, Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, Astronomy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cancer Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geo-engineering, Geology, Hydrology, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Neuroscience, Optical Sciences, Physics, Physiological Sciences, and Plant Sciences. Of particular interest are doctoral students working in Agriculture or Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering and Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. Another request is for students doing research in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS.  The ARCS Foundation selection is based on the impact of the student’s research and individual ARCS Foundation donor interest, so not all exceptional students will be funded.

Award Details:

  • $10,500 stipend ($8,500 from ARCS and $2,000 from the UA Graduate College)
  • Full base graduate tuition from the UA Graduate College
  • $500 annual travel grant from the UA Graduate College.
  • Awarded student may concurrently hold a graduate assistantship.  If the graduate assistantship is .50 FTE, the tuition from the UA Graduate College will not be able to be used.

Student Eligibility: 
Applicant requirements include:

  • U.S. citizenship (not permanent residents) (no exceptions)
  • Admitted to UA doctoral degree program
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (no exceptions)
  • Well-developed research focus

Application Instructions:

  1. Submit a completed 2023-2024 ARCS Application Form to Mark Rodriguez via email by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2022.
  2. Request that your faculty advisor submit a letter of recommendation directly to Mark Rodriguez via email by 5:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2022. See Section 4 of attached application form for letter requirements.

       ***Previous award recipients interested in reapplying must follow the applications instructions listed above to reapply.

Review and Selection Process:

All OSC applications will be evaluated by the OSC Scholarship Committee.  The top two ranked applications will be submitted as the College’s nominees to the UA Graduate College. OSC can only nominate two students to the UA Graduate College/ARCS Foundation for award consideration.  All applicants will be informed in early-October if they were selected as one of the OSC nominees.  ARCS/Graduate College will notify scholarship winners in early 2023.