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The 2020 onsite Summer Short Course Series is canceled. Please check back for information about our soon-to-be-announced online Summer Short Course Series.

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Optics Research

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Recent News

A strong Rochester showing in 2020 OSA awards

March 18, 2020

The University of Rochester—and the Institute of Optics in particular—are well represent ...

Professor Renninger receives CAREER and RO1 awards

February 4, 2020

William Renninger, assistant professor of optics, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Fo ...

Professor Kruschwitz elected to board of Inter-Society Color Council

January 29, 2020

Jennifer Kruschwitz, assistant professor of optics, has been elected a board member of the Inter-Soc ...

Institute alumnus Guizar-Sicairos wins ICO Prize

November 26, 2019

Manuel Guizar-Sicairos ’08 (MS), ’10 (PhD), an Institute of Optics alumnus and currently ...

Institute of Optics Researchers Recognized as OSA Fellows

November 15, 2019

Two faculty members and a visiting professor at the University of Rochester’s Institute of Opt ...

Katie Schwertz Elected as Director of SPIE

November 6, 2019

Katie Schwertz ’08 says she “didn’t really know anything about optics” until ...

2019 Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award: James Fienup

August 27, 2019

In addition to remarkable research and teaching skills, this year’s recipient of the Hajim Sch ...

Rolland is 2019 Alumna of the Year at Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences

August 16, 2019

After graduating with a master's in optical engineering from the Ecole Superieure d’Optiq ...

Industrial Associates

The IA Program provides training and informational benefits to participating companies and allows the Institute to learn more about industry needs and concerns. This exchange improves our partners’ ability to use modern optical technology while increasing our ability to educate individuals to assume key roles within their companies.

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Graduate Programs

Now Accepting Applications!

Applications for the MS and PhD programs are open now through January 15, 2020.

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Biomedical engineering graduate student Tom Stoll, right, adjusts a virtual reality head-mounted display on assistant professor Ross Maddox.

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New training in AR/VR tech gives Rochester doctoral students an edge

A $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will establish a structured, well-rounded training program for University scholars applying augmented and virtual reality in health, education, design, and other fields.

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The average starting salary for the Institute of Optics class of 2018 was $76,620.


Approximately 5 percent of the Institute of Optics class of 2018 went on to participate in programs such as the Fulbright Scholarship.

Career outcomes graph for a major in optics (class of 2018).
Thirty eight percent of the 2018 optics majors report they are working after graduation while sixty three percent are continuing their education.

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