Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship

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In 2011, the CAP Foundation (CAPF) and the Optica Foundation (then the OSA Foundation) partnered to establish the Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Graduate Scholarship as a memorial to Boris P. Stoicheff, an eminent, internationally renowned laser spectroscopist who also served as President of the Canadian Association of Physicists (1983-84) and the Optical Society of America (1976).

The joint CAPF/Optica Foundation scholarship in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated both research excellence and significant service to the optics community (when administered by The Optica Foundation) or the physics community, not just optics (when administered by the CAP). The scholarship is awarded jointly by CAPF and the Optica Foundation, with the administration and presentation of the scholarship rotating between the two societies. See the list of Stoicheff Scholarship winners.

2022 Scholarship Recipient

The CAP is pleased to announce that the 2022 Stoicheff Scholarship was awarded to Kate Fenwick, University of Ottawa / NRC.

Read the official announcement here.

The 2023 scholarship was administered and awarded by the OPTICA Foundation. The recipient will be announced in the near future. The next Optica Foundation administered scholarship – 2025


Next CAP-Administered Scholarship – 2024

Only CAP Graduate Student members are eligible (see criteria by clicking green box below).

Applications for the 2024 scholarship will be accepted from November 6th, 2023 until February 4th, 2024.

Once the call for applications for the Stoicheff scholarship has been issued, applications can be submitted by logging into our scholarship system through the CAP’s online management system.

Eligibility and criteria

About the Stoicheff Fund

The 2011 campaign goal was for the CAPF and the Optica Foundation to collectively raise at least $40,000 USD to establish the Boris P. Stoicheff Memorial Scholarship honoring Dr. Stoicheff’s legacy now, and for generations to come. The Canadian leg of the campaign was coordinated by then CAP President Henry van Driel. Due to the generosity of CAP members and friends of Dr. Stoicheff, the goal was exceeded, allowing for the establishment of an annual scholarship of $3,000, awarded alternately by the CAPF* and the Optica Foundation. The prize will be awarded in the currency of the administering society.

Our goal is to permanently endow a graduate student scholarship in Dr. Stoicheff’s name. Such a tribute is particularly appropriate since, of all his accomplishments, Dr. Stoicheff was most proud of the more than 25 graduate students that had the privilege to work with him. Donations in support of this fund continue to be welcomed and can be made by using the links below.

* (effective 2013 December 20, the CAPF was incorporated as the CAP Foundation, charitable registration #83562 7134 RR0001).

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