Awarded to a sophomore who represents The Institute’s values of academic excellence, research, and campus citizenship.
2018 winner: Jocelyn Smith
Kevin Thompson Prize
Awarded to a student who demonstrates a keen interest in optical design and/or
2018 winner: Xiaojing Huang
Awarded to a first-year undergraduate who has excelled academically and, through his or her actions, demonstrates a keen interest in Optics.
2018 winner: Cherine Ghazouani
Optics Faculty Prize
Awarded to a senior who best exemplifies the ideals of character, scholarship, and service.
2018 winner: Kaia Williams
H.D. Polster Prize
Awarded to a senior who has demonstrated through academic performance or a special project, unusual ability in the field of optics.
2018 winner: David Lippman
Sommargren Research Award
Awarded to a deserving undergraduate studying the field of optics.
2018 winner: Jonathan Dietz
Donald M. Barnard Prize
Awarded to a senior who: is majoring in engineering, has been accepted into one of the University of Rochester’s masters programs, and shows personal achievement as well as good personal qualities.
2018 winners: Nora Lane and Jordan Rabinowitz
G. Harold Hook Prize
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated an above average interest in engineering. Academic standing need not be considered. Special consideration will be given to financial need.
Charles L. Newton Prize
Awarded to a student in HSEAS who shows special proficiency in some subject connected with engineering, and who has conducted research, given a presentation, or published a paper.