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BACUS Scholarships Increase
October 7, 2008

After increasing annual scholarships from one to two in 2007, BACUS – an international professional organization for mask makers, equipment suppliers, and mask users – is making two additional honorary awards in 2008, made possible through donations made by Brian Grenon, current BACUS President, and John Bossung, last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Eric Chin, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and Peng Yu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, have been awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarships. Awards are made to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies.

Peng Yu and Eric Chin each will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Both have several publications with the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and are SPIE Student Members.

The two $1000 one-time honorary awards were sponsored through donations to BACUS. Winners are Christine Lee, a high-school graduate of Peddie School in Highstown, NJ, and Huda Tanvir, a Ph.D. student at City University, London.

Since the program’s inception in 1978, the SPIE Scholarship Committee has made two types of awards: scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in support of research, tuition, and related expenses, and grants to educational institutions for academic use and for student travel to SPIE technical meetings. SPIE has distributed more than $3,000,000 in scholarship and grant awards through these programs.

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