June 21-25, 2010
For Full consideration submit applications by June 15th

Have you ever wished you had an invisibility cloak or gone looking for the end of the rainbow? This camp will introduce you to the concepts of optics - the area of physics that studies the properties of light

We will explore basic phenomena involving light, lasers and optical instruments. You will learn about refraction, reflection, diffraction and dispersion. You will get to build your own spy periscope, telecopes and spectrometers.

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Optical Science Discovery Camp is a UO and National Science Foundation supported program designed to engage young women in the physical sciences through hands on experimentation.  Camp participants have the option of joining the year-round Optical Science Discovery Program that includes regular Science Club Meetings, fun science events, and opportunities to intern in real university research labs.

Who can participate?
Students who will be in the 6th through 12th grades in Fall 2010.
What is the participation cost?
There is a $10 application fee. If you are accepted the application fee will be applied to the $50 materials fee. Scholarships are available for students who cannot afford the materials fee.
Camp will be held on the University of Oregon Campus in Willamette Hall.
June 21-25, 10:00am-3:00pm daily.
Selection Criteria:
18-24 participants will be selected on a competetive basis. Students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

  • Application form attached (or online)
  • Brief essay (1 page) describing why you would like to participate and what makes you a good candidate
  • 1 letter for recommendation from a science teacher is recommended, but not required.
  • Application Fee ($10)

For Full Consideration Send Applications by June 15th to:
Oregon Center for Optics
1274 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274
or download an application online at

Camp Brochure and Application - 2010

Questions? Contact Brandy Todd at the Oregon Center for Optics.

Optical Science Discovery Program is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the University of Oregon Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Oregon Center for Optics