As part of its mission to promote and advance lighting education initiatives in North America, the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education has awarded five prizes totaling $70,000 for 2013. Three $20,000 Nuckolls Fund Grants were given to academic institutions for the development of dedicated lighting courses, and two $5,000 awards were given to students.

The A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan will use its Nuckolls Fund grant to establish a new class: “Virtual Lighting Design and Analysis.” Under the direction of principal investigator and associate professor of architecture Mojtaba Navvab, a course outline will be developed using recent findings pertaining to “lighting simulation, visualization, and measurement, including analysis techniques within the real or virtual environment.”

The second grant, awarded to the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and associate professor of interior design Abimbola Asojo, will support the launch of a course in lighting design for undergraduate interior design students.

Third, under the direction of professor of lighting Cindy Limauro, who teaches in the School of Architecture and the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, the grant will support the set-up of a series of five workshops to assist schools of architecture in either developing new courses in lighting design or for expanding already established in-house lighting programs. Both students and faculty will be able to participate in the workshops.

The first of the student awards, the Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award, was given to Anthony Pualani, a student at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an undergraduate, Pualani completed two manufacturer internships, one with Long Island City, New York–based Edison Price Lighting and another with lighting company Bega-US in Carpinteria, Calif. After graduation he will start work at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design’s Boston office.

The second student prize, the Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award, was presented to Minchen Wei, a Ph.D. student at Pennsylvania State University. Wei also earned his master’s degree from Penn State and plans on pursuing an academic career. He has had some of his original research published in Leukos, the Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Named in honor of the late lighting designer and educator, James L. Nuckolls, the Nuckolls Fund has awarded $845,000 over the past 24 years. The organization receives its support by way of generous contributions from companies and individuals in the lighting community. This year, B-K Lighting, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York, Enterprise Lighting Sales, Focus Lighting, and the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society all made $5,000 contributions. The 2014 RFP deadline is Feb. 7,