Edmund Optics announces its Educational Award finalists

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Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components to both industry and academia, announced today the finalists for its 2014 Educational Award. This year Edmund Optics received close to 900 applications from around the world and will be awarding $85.000 USD in form of Edmund Optics products.

Fifteen finalists were selected from each region, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. The final Educational Award recipients from each of the three regions will be announced on 15 October 2014. Each region will distribute a Gold (7.000 € in products); a Silver (5.000 € in products); and a Bronze (3.000 € in products) Award. All remaining global finalists will be given a 250 € Product Matching Award.

Additionally, all finalists will be eligible for the Norman Edmund Inspiration Award - an additional $5.000 USD in products being announced on 5 November to the program that best embodies the legacy of Edmund Optics' founder, Norman Edmund, for inspiring others to become interested in science and engineering.

"For the fifth year, our Educational Award program showcases the remarkable creativity and innovation of our applicants. So many of their programs continue to impress and inspire," remarked Kirsten Bjork-Jones, Director of Global Marketing Communications. "The technical expertise and inventive use of optical components to create solutions that help make this world a better place is what this Educational Award program is all about. And inspiring optical innovation is key to what Edmund Optics is all about."

The 45 hopeful finalists, representing 21 countries, submitted applications ranging from developing a device to screen young children for neurodevelopmental disorders based on pupillary light reflex to designing solutions to assess water quality using high resolution microscopy. Finalists can look forward to joining EO's elite group of Educational Award recipients who continue to accelerate optical innovation. 

The difficult task of selecting the winning award recipients from so many worthy finalists lies ahead for EO's global award team. The team will select three award recipients, in each region, based on two criteria: (1) technical merit, which is the application of optics in the program, and (2) the innovative use of optics in a lab or research setting.

Check back on 15 October 2014 to meet our final 2014 Educational Award recipients. In the meantime, to meet the finalists, please visit www.edmundoptics.eu/award.