Optical Society Announces New Student Chapter at University of Oregon

WASHINGTON, 3/9/11 – The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the formation of the University of Oregon Student Chapter.  This newest addition joins more than 200 OSA Student Chapter organizations in more than 45 countries around the world.  OSA is an international scientific society dedicated to promoting the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and disseminating this knowledge worldwide.  The purposes of the society are scientific, technical and educational.


OSA Student Chapters provide leadership experience and year-round networking opportunities for students with an interest in optics and photonics. They also work closely with schools and community groups to present programs such as hands-on demonstrations, lab tours, contests/competitions and more.


“Building a strong network of OSA Student Chapters around the globe is one of OSA’s highest priorities,” said OSA President Christopher Dainty.   “We are pleased to welcome UO’s new Student Chapter to our growing global network of chapters and local sections.  Their work will further OSA’s goal of bringing awareness of the importance of optics and photonics to a worldwide audience.”


To support OSA Student Chapters, OSA provides a variety of benefits, such as start-up funds and the opportunity to apply for activity and educational outreach grants, an annual traveling lecturer program, travel support for one Student Chapter member to attend OSA’s annual Leadership Meeting, eligibility for a Student Chapter Excellence Award, support for the International OSA Network of Students (IONS) event and more. Complete details on benefits can be found on the Student Services section of OSA’s website.


To learn more about the [Institution] OSA Student Chapter, please contact Roger Smith at rsmith13@uoregon.edu or 541 346-4528 or oco.uoregon.edu.  More information about OSA’s Student Chapter program is available on OSA’s website or by contacting chaptersandsections@osa.org, +1.202. 416.1432.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the
Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.