Physics and Computer Science Department, Wilfrid Laurier University
Photonics is the science of light. Optics is the science of vision
Fossa grants for Faculty of Science Students
Congratulation with Faculty of Science Students Association (FOSSA) awards!
Type A (spring semester only). The duration of the award is 16 consecutive weeks on a part-time basis. This scholarship has a value of $2,300 for a full 16-week period.
Type B (any academic semester). The duration of the award is for one full academic semester. This scholarship has a value of $1000 for a full academic semester.
Brandon Smith, Fossa Type A grant, second year Computer Science program student has been awarded type A grant to conduct research on "Program Control for Erbium Doped Fibre amplifier and Erbium Doped Fibre Laser". There has not been much research done in photonics experiment automation. This is interdisciplinary research and the project is mainly focused on the estimation of the accuracy and reproducibility of the acquired data for the evaluation of the proposed automated measurements and acquisition system.
Kieffer Davieau, Fossa Type B grant fourth year Photonics program student has been awarded type B grant to conduct research on “Optoelectronics Network.” Fiber-optics systems is revolutionizing telecommunications. Compared to conventional metal wire, optical fibers are: less expensive, higher carrying capacity, less signal degradation, flexible, light signals etc. Creating an opto-electronic device that multiplexes several Ethernet cords into an optical transceiver and investigating characteristics of light which effects on encryption have direct application in modern telecommunication.
Heqing Hoang, Fossa Type B grant, fourth year Photonics program student has been awarded type B grand to conduct research on “Interaction of metal cations with the Amino Acid”. The alkali metals are known to have important effects in biological systems. For example, they participate in enzyme regulation, stabilization of structural elements, transport through trans-membrane channels, etc. Heqing's project focuses on interaction of heavy metal ions Rb+ and Cs+ with biological system by computational simulation. It will give a better understanding of biological processes involving the metal ion binding
Jack Cohen, Fossa Type B grant, 3rd year student. His project is "Computational thinking and STEM activity (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics categories in education)". Computational thinking is an emerging component of computer science defined as "the thought processes involved in formulating problems and expressing its solution as transformations to information that an agent can effectively carry out." Study on how Computational thinking skills can be used in STEM related activities, is important issue of science education.
Michael Singh, Fossa Type B grant, fourth year Photonics program student has been awarded type B grant to conduct research on efficiency of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. There has not much research been done in photonics experiment automation so far. This is interdisciplinary research and the project is mainly focused on the estimation of the accuracy and reproducibility of the acquired data for the evaluation of the proposed automated measurements and acquisition system.