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The 2019 competition is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!

Caicai Zhang from the University of Central Florida
Perovskite-on-Polymer Light Diffusing Downconverter Powders

Ya Zhuo from the University of Houston
Identifying an Efficient, Thermally Robust Inorganic Phosphor Host via Machine Learning

Be sure to check out their work at the workshop poster session on Tuesday, January 29.

Since 2003, the DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop has drawn the best and brightest in the industry to share the latest on SSL technology advances. And each year, the popular poster session offers one-on-one interaction between presenters and attendees to network, exchange ideas, and help accelerate SSL.

STUDENTS: Connect with top researchers and industry thought leaders January 29–31 in Dallas to shape the future of lighting and show them your work!

In addition to posters, lighting concept design demonstration projects will be selected to participate — showcase a prototype of your unique luminaire or design concept that addresses a problem with today’s lighting solutions.

Join past winners from these universities:

  • Boston University
  • Lehigh University
  • Penn State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of New Mexico

All students (winners and attendees) receive 50% off the workshop registration fee.

Questions? Email

a photo of students displaying their posters.


  • Two submissions maximum per lead researcher.
  • Previous winners may apply again, but the content must show significant progress if it is the same research topic.
  • University must be in the United States.
  • Post-docs are not eligible.
  • Currently funded DOE SSL R&D projects are not eligible.



  • Submit a one-page abstract outlining the background and relevance of your work, key achievements, and future work, plus one additional page with two or three sample figures.
    • PDF files only
    • File name format: Lastname_Firstname_University.pdf
  • Send abstracts to by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Monday, December 3, 2018 (deadline extended)
    • Specify “Design” or “Poster” in the email subject.
    • Submitting party must be the lead author.



  • Submissions will be judged based on:
    • Quality of research, novelty, and innovation (50%)
    • Impact toward advancing the field of solid-state lighting (30%)
    • Presentation quality and clarity (20%)
  • Selections will be notified by Monday, December 10, 2018.


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