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Optics & Photonics MS & PhD: Frances Townes Fellowship

The Frances Townes Fellowship in Optics was established by UCF upon the occasion of the dedication of the Townes Laser Institute on May 4th, 2007. It recognizes the interest and life-long dedication Mrs Frances Townes has made to the education and enablement of women in science across the world, especially those that have come from poor or underprivileged backgrounds. Mrs Townes is the wife of Charles Townes, the inventor of the laser. Educated at Smith College, fluent in several languages, she has been an Internationalist since her early days. An early advocate for women’s rights, she has for over the last 20 years been an activist and organizer for the disenfranchised and “damaged homeless youth” in our society. As a tribute to her work and dedication to the enoblement of women, especially those that grew up in difficult circumstances, the College of Optics and Photonics is pleased to establish the Frances Townes Fellowship in Optics. It will be awarded each year to a female student in Optics who has demonstrated the personal strength and dedication to rise above her difficult and underprivileged upbringing to achieve her goals.

Applications for this fellowship should follow the same procedure for applying for a CREOL Research Fellowship. They should first fill out the on-line pre-application form for entry to the College. In addition they should write a personal letter of application to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, giving an account of their academic career, upbringing and extra-curricular activities. This letter should be addressed to:

Dr David Hagan,
Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Optics and Photonics
hagan@creol.ucf.edu

The Frances Townes Fellowship Fund

The UCF Foundation has established the Frances Townes Fellowship Fund to permanently endow the Frances Townes Fellowship. The Frances Townes Fellowship in Optics will be awarded each year to a female student in Optics who has demonstrated the personal strength and dedication to rise above her difficult and underprivileged upbringing to achieve her goals. The fund is invested to ensure the permanent allocation of the Fellowship. Contributions have already been received for this fund. Those wishing to make a donation to this fund should contact:

Bahaa Saleh,
Dean, College of Optics and Photonics
besaleh@creol.ucf.edu
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