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Educating the next generation of optics leaders

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Studying light’s generation, propagation, detection and interaction with matter

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Combining physics, engineering, chemistry and materials science

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Leading the way in quantum optics and laser physics

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Research Experience for Undergraduates in Optics

The Institute of Optics is running a new Photonics REU program for summer 2018.  Apply to the Photonics REU!

Optics Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in optics or optical engineering.

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Graduate Studies

We emphasize collaboration and collegiality in our master’s and doctoral programs.

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Optics Research

Research includes quantum optics, nanophotonics, optoelectronics, and more.

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Engineering jobs are among the best paid in the country.

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Founded in 1929, the University's optics program was the first optics department in the country.

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Approximately half of all optics degrees awarded nationwide have been awarded by The Institute of Optics.

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Known as “The World's Image Center,” Rochester is the home to leading high-tech companies including Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, and Bausch & Lomb.

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Chunlei Guo awarded a $1.5 million Gates Foundation grant

Professor Chunlei Guo of the Institute of Optics has received $1.5 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his research developing superhydrophobic (water repellent) surfaces.

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optics degrees

Approximately half of all degrees awarded in optics in the United States are through the Institute of Optics.

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Through our Industrial Associates Program we connect students with professionals.

Why Optics?

We give you the education, mentoring, and tools to thrive in this growing field. Our graduates go on to careers at major universities, industrial and governmental labs, top companies or their own business.

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