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  • Monday, June 22, 2015

    OSCAR scientist Dr. Mukti Rana was selected by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently to receive a prestigious 2015 Young Investigator Award. Dr. Rana was one of the 36 awardees selected out of 383 research proposals that were submitted.  The award will allow Dr. Rana and his research group to develop uncooled thermal detectors with low thermal conductivity, which is expected to improve the performance of uncooled detectors used in night vision cameras for the U.S Navy and other defense organizations.

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  • Monday, June 15, 2015

    Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky, the director of special programs at OSCAR, was recognized along with three other members of American Physical Society (APS) to receive 2014 APS “District Advocate of the Year” Awards. The recognition was featured on the front cover on the 2015 June issue of APS News. Each year, APS recognizes its members who made extra effort to reach out to U.S. and state senators and representatives to argue for support of science. Matt wrote an op-ed about federal funding of scientific research. He also helped to organize and participate in a visit to Congress to talk about the issues raised in his op-ed. Read More >

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015

    Dr. Renu Tripathi of OSCAR was selected by the Army Research Office to receive an award under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program for her research into three-dimensional imaging, photon counting, laser detection and ranging. The program supports the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that "augments current university capabilities or develops new capabilities to perform cutting edge defense research and associated graduate student research training," DoD said in a press release. Read More >

  • Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Leon A. Taleh, advised by the OSCAR Director Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Effects of Sample Properties and Spatial Characteristics of the Laser Beam on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Emission Lines” with great success. Leon will become the first recepient of PhD degree in Applied Optics from OSCAR, a milestone for the Center. Read More >

  • Friday, February 13, 2015

    Teachers from three school districts (Caesar Rodney, Capital and Smyrna) of central Delaware participated in the Annual Physics and Professional Development Day at Delaware State University. The event was organized and sponsored by the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR). Read More >

  • Monday, February 2, 2015

    Mr. Yury Markushin, an Optics Ph.D. candidate in OSCAR and the Department of Physics & Engineering, has been awarded the ‘Officer Travel Grant’ (~$ 2,000.00) from SPIE to attend the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco, CA in February 2015. Read More >

  • Friday, June 27, 2014

    Dillon Badman, an undergraduate researcher at OSCAR majoring in Engineering Physics, and Mike Cimorosi, a physics instructor, successfully completed NASA's RockOn mission at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. They teamed up with a professor from the University of Maine and assembled several sensors that were integrated into the payload of a suborbital rocket. The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket was launched at the end of the week-long workshop for atmospheric data collection during the 12.2-minute flight. Read More >

  • Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    Teachers from two Caesar Rodney School District Middle Schools including Fifer Middle and Postlethwaite Middle converged here at OSCAR for a Professional Development Physics Day. Read More >

  • Monday, June 16, 2014

    Mr. Zachary Warren, an Optics Ph.D. candidate in OSCAR and the Department of Physics & Engineering, has won the ‘Officer Travel Grant Award’ (~ $ 2,000.00) from SPIE to attend the SPIE Optics+Photonics conference in San Diego, CA in August 2014. Read More >

  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    OSCAR scientist Dr. Hacene Boukari was recently awarded a $175,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the acquisition of a fluorescence correlation spectrometer. This acquisition will not only enhance the exsisting research infrastructure at OSCAR but also enable such investigations as "the diverse physical and chemical phenomena as well as biological functions at near single-particle level."

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OSCAR Building Gala

  • An exciting evening is planned to showcase the opening of the new state-of-the-art OSCAR Building at Delaware State University.
  • Friday, September 25, 2015 at 5 pm

  • Take a walk through the construction of the OSCAR building.

Delaware Optics Symposium (DOS) 2015

  • The OSCAR will host its first Delaware OPTICS Symposium (DOS) in October, 2015. The symposium will serve as a forum to promote interactions among scientists interested in optics related research from the Mid-Atlantic region. See information here More>

Fundraising for OSCAR Building

  • The OSCAR building is to be completed in June, 2015, thanks to the generous support of the State of Delaware. But we still need the help of donors like you to help realize the program's scientific, educational and economic development goals.
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Upcoming Events

  • 2015 Spring OSCAR Seminar Series More>

  • CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series More>

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OSCAR Summer Program 2015

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  • Application Deadline: March 7, 2015