Prestigious SPIE scholarship

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Beata Zjawin, a student of Physics at the NCU Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics, received the prestigious SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship.

SPIE is an international association for optics and photonics founded in 1955 for the development of light-based technologies. It brings together members from 166 countries. The Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics of the Nicolaus Copernicus University has housed the SPIE student section for several years.

Every year, SPIE awards scholarships to outstanding students who may make a significant contribution to optics and photonics in the future. It is a scholarship addressed to SPIE members who study optics, photonics or related fields.

In 2019, 84 winners were selected, including three from Poland. Beata Zjawin is the only scholarship holder from the Nicolaus Copernicus University. She did her first-cycle degree in Astronomy at the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics. Currently she is in her first year of studies in Physics. She works in the CASTLE group (Cold Atomic Space-Time Laboratory), mainly with Dr Michał Zawada, NCU Prof. and Dr. Piotr Wcisło. She searches for dark matter using optical atomic clocks. She has already published her scientific works. In the academic year 2016/2017 she was awarded the title of the Best Student of the Faculty.