Future Leaders

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The Future Leaders in Integrated Photonics (FLIP) program trains and provides career development for undergraduate students to promote a future workforce in integrated photonics. The program is focused on recruiting, training and retaining a diverse population of undergraduates to contribute to emerging technologies and innovations within these states. 

FLIP is an 8-week summer program, located at the University of Santa Barbara (UCSB), SUNY Polytechnic University, the University of Arizona, and MIT that will expose a cohort of eleven students to research training, career mentoring and professional activities to support their development as scientists and engineers. FLIP offers students a unique opportunity to acquire technical training at the intersection of academic R&D and industrial manufacturing, within a supportive and networked learning environment. 

FLIP will not only engage and support talented undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, but it will also enable institutional-industry partnership development to create a more supportive environment that immerses these students in an accessible academic and research culture.

The mission of FLIP is to support the growth of a more well-trained, expansive population of future Masters and PhD science and engineering leaders in integrated photonics. Our goal is to nourish and support a future workforce that will be in growing demand as advances in integrated photonics research and technology continue.

Note: applications for the FLIP Summer ’17 program are now closed.